Casa Borrega owner Hugo Montero grew up in Mexico City, but he has always been familiar with Cuban culture.
"My dad loved Cuban music and Cuban culture," Montero says. "Mexico City had a large Cuban population."
Montero is leveraging that experience to launch La Habana, a food truck focusing on Cuban food. He's also working with Cuban musicians who perform at his Central City Mexican restaurant, and he's traveling to Cuba this week.
[jump] "I am going to see the Rolling Stones in Havana on Friday," he says.
The food truck will launch in mid-April. The menu will include Cuban and media noches sandwiches, ropa vieja, congri, lechon asado, arroz con pollo, tostones, fruit shakes and Cuban-style sodas from Miami. All items will cost between $3 and $9, Montero says.
Montero expects to have debut events featuring live Cuban music. He and wife Linda Stone will experiment with different locations to determine a regular routine. They expect to use the truck for lunchtime service and catering events.