Protests Continue Outside De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean

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Ex-employees vow to protest until they get paid.
Ex-employees of De Rodriguez Cuba at the Astor, which closed in February this year, are picketing De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean, located in the Hilton Bentley Miami Beach Hotel on the corner of First Street and Ocean Drive in an attempt to settle back pay claims.

Saturday evening, about a dozen ex-employees and supporters held signs and called out to chef Douglas Rodriguez to come out and pay the 11 employees who are claiming a total of $21,000 in back wages and tips they say are owed to them from their time at D. Rodriguez Cuba at the Astor.

Among the protesters was Lorena Diez, who worked as a server at the Astor Hotel location. She claims that not only is she owed back pay, but also while she was employed, she was asked to clean the restaurant and attend meetings for free.

Server Lorena Tumgalli echoes the sentiment, saying she is owed some back pay as well as her last two weeks' tips.

Selbin Bachli, who worked as a busser and breakfast server, tells Short Order that he sometimes worked 18-hour days at the now-shuttered restaurant but was asked to clock in under two different employee numbers to avoid being paid overtime.

We spoke to a representative of Chef Rodriguez, who said that though his name was on the restaurant, the owner of De Rodriguez Cuba at the Astor was an out-of-state company and that the current restaurant, De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean, is owned by a completely different company. He also stated that Rodriguez is in negotiations with the ex-employees because in no way does he want to see any of his employees, current or otherwise, not paid what's due to them.

While searching the Florida Division of Corporations website, we found Douglas Rodriguez listed as president of OLA South Beach Inc., whose address (956 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach) is the same as that of De Rodriguez Cuba at the Astor Hotel.

Protesters say they'll picket the restaurant every weekend until the issue is resolved. We'll keep you updated with information as we receive it.

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De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean

101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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J Wolfson
J Wolfson

Rodriguez has made a career of getting himself into bad/deadbeat partnerships.  He was the innovator of Nuevo Latino cuisine.  In the mid-ninety's he was named People magazine 100 most important Latin in the US.......How the mighty have fallen.  Shame on him!


Funny how most of their faces are covered.


Yet another deadbeat in the restaurant business...


Ummm, yeah. After 5 seconds of mental deliberation, the jury of neutral readers and spectators declares Douglas Rodriguez GUILTY of not paying his workers. Now PAY UP!


well, it looks like he's guilty (he's denied similar claims in the past).

lol, best sign goes to:



That's not true. I just counted 15 adults in the picture and 9 of their faces are visible. That's not "most."

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