Alberto Cabrera (Of Bread + Butter) to Open Frita Shop in the Gables

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After two years of delays, Alberto Cabrera has found a space for his long-discussed Frita Shop at the corner of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Salamanca Avenue. Opening sometime this summer, the shop will be the first of several spots, he said.

"It's going to be terribly simple," he said. We're thinking "a double [frita] and then a couple of different variations. We wanted to have a couple [hot] dogs, and are planning on doing some dogs with the actual flavor profile of frita."

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He's also working on recipes for a few batidos and Cuban-inspired shakes. And he's tossing around the idea of a 1950s-style soda machine for pineapple soda, Malta and a house cola.

The Cuban burger shop was his first plan after leaving The Local Craft Food & Drink in early 2012. Cabrera told Short Order that a concept and brand has been fleshed out for more than two years, but he couldn't find the right partner.

"I didn't want to sell the whole concept away and give up too much ownership," he said in February. He is also looking at location in Kendall, but isn't in any hurry.

In the meantime he opened a Cuban gastropub, Bread + Butter Counter, on Salzedo Street just north of Miracle Mile.

With Frita Shop Cabrera's intentions are clear. He said he saw Ruby Tuesday's 2012 acquisition of John Kunkel's Lime Fresh Mexican Grill for $24 million and it's hard to miss Danny Meyers' expanding Shake Shack empire.

"The goal is to have multiple locations," he said, "where it's very simple and easy to understand for not just the Cuban community here, but where other ethnicities can go and feel comfortable."

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Bread + Butter

2330 Salzedo St., Miami, FL

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jc.mdphd
jc.mdphd

Was this the concept that (at one point) was supposed to set up shop in some of the defunct Farm Stores locations? 

chefalbertocabrera
chefalbertocabrera

Thanks Sef, I agree Fritas are timeless. Besides I would never claim to be the first Frita restaurant ever. I respect, admire and appreciate all the friteros like El Mago that laid the ground work.

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

Think he's late on the concept, Cuban Guys in Hialeah already exists. Fritas are relatively inexpensive, not McDonald's Wednesday 49 cent Hamburger cheap, but not a lot more costly.

Jimbo99
Jimbo99 topcommenter

@burgerbeast @Jimbo99 @jgcamp99 LOL, at the end of the day it's still a Fritas or a hamburger. There's no such thing as a gourmet burger, it's the toughest cut of beef that was ground up to be edible & tender enough to get thru a meal. Sorry, no $ 12 hamburger & fries kid's meal for me.

Several years ago, a friend once ordered a sirloin steak from a Ruth Chris steak house. He complained how his dining experience sucked. Duh, he ordered a cut of steak/beef that was intended to really be just a hamburger.

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