Construction is underway at 707 Chestnut Street as Jose Garces continues work converting Chifa into Rosa Blanca, a Cuban diner. The diner will be similar to retro-Cuban diners found in South Florida and will feature an open kitchen with stainless steel and white subway tile. A pink and faux-marble lunch counter runs along the open kitchen. Black-and-white tile flooring completes the diner feel. The main dining room is laid out similar to Chifa’s, with booths along the walls and tables down the middle.
Yun Fuentes, who has been the chef at JG Domestic will be in charge of the kitchen at Rosa Blanca. The kitchen will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, with breakfast dishes being available all-day. Look for Cuban pasteles (guava and queso) along with Vaca Frita and eggs among other Cuban standards.
For lunch you can expect cubano sandwiches and plates complete with rice and beans. For dinner, there will be plenty of Cuban meat dishes and daily specials like pollo a la brasa that take advantage of the restaurant's rotisserie.
Beverages will range from Cuban coffee to fresh mojitos. And since it is a diner, there will be milkshakes as well.
Rosa Blanca will open at 7 a.m. for breakfast service and serve late into the night. Takeout and delivery will also be offered.
Garces is expecting to open Rosa Blanca in early November.
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