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Citypaper is reporting (and Eater is confirming) that Yun Fuentes is out at Rosa Blanca. Already.
Yeah, the place has only been open about a month. And yeah, it seemed like Fuentes was doing good work there. And double-yeah, he’s been with the Garces organization for a long time. But it looks like he’s out of the kitchen (and the Garces Group entirely) and ex Tinto sous chef Jose Olmeda is now standing in his place.
You can check out the whole story (or what there is of it at the moment) over at Eater.
Jose Olmeda Replaces Yun Fuentes At Rosa Blanca [Eater]
So Avance’s opening might be the big news tonight, but come Monday at 7am, Jose Garces’s dead-on rendition of a classic Miami Cuban diner, Rosa Blanca, will be hitting the scene.
The Foobooz News Team rolled up on Rosa Blanca (the former Chifa, 707 Chestnut Street) just ahead of tonight’s staff-on-staff dinner, and can I tell you how much I loved this place? Seriously, I’ve been pining for some seriously good Cuban food since leaving Tampa more years ago than I care to mention, and this might finally be the place that brings it home. We didn’t get to try a lot–just a few rum-heavy cocktails (including a very well-served Cuba Libre), some ropa vieja (which was excellent), a bowl of black beans and rice and the best fried yucca I’ve had in a decade or more of looking EVERYWHERE for it.
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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.
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