Over at 524 South 4th Street, Puyero Venezuelan Flavor has been operating in a quiet, soft-opening mode in Queen Village since early January. They’ve been working from a limited menu, doing only dinner services from their small, 22-seat storefront, offering arepas, patacon pinton (a fried sweet plantain sandwich with beef and black beans) and a few other Venezuelan street food snacks for whoever happened to wander by.
But now they’re ready for their grand opening–which will mean extended hours and a fuller, more rounded menu. And owners Gil and Simon Arends and Gil’s wife Manuela Villasmil are celebrating the best way they know how: by giving away a whole lot of free food to anyone who shows up.
They’re starting things off on Friday, March 17, with free arepas (one per person) for all comers between 11:30am and 1:30pm. On Saturday, they’re offering free orders of tequenos, yuca, tajadas de platano or mandocas to anyone who drops by for arepas or patacones (and if you don’t know what those dishes are, doesn’t this seem like an excellent opportunity to find out?). And finally, on Sunday, they’re doing free churros–which are quite possibly the two happiest words anyone can write.
All of this is basically acting as a run-up to the roll-out of their full menu (which we’ve got below) and the beginning of all-day service. Starting on Friday, Puyero will be open every day (except Monday, when they’re closed) for lunch and dinner, offering their entire menu straight through from 11:30am to 10pm (11pm on the weekends). They’re also doing delivery through Caviar and are planning on starting a Venezuelan brunch once spring hits–which will also be when they get to expand their seating a little with outdoor tables.
Want to take a look at what they’re serving? Check out these snaps:
I know, right? Looks good. Venezuelan is one of those cuisines that is sadly under-represented in Philly, and going in heavy with the street food? That’s a good start. They’re throwing down a bunch of different sauces, too (green mayo, pink sriracha sauce, chipotle ketchup, papaya hot sauce), plus tropical drinks because they’re already looking toward the heat of summer.
You can check out the full, grand opening menu below.
Puyero Venezuelan Flavor [Official]