A new Latin restaurant opens in downtown Meriden

MERIDEN – With family roots in the Caribbean and more than 30 years in the restaurant industry, Ruben Collado recently opened his own restaurant downtown.

El Rincón Latino Restaurant is located at 81 West Main St., which was once home to El Rincón Boricua. Collado, 43, sees this adventure as an opportunity to express his culture through emblematic dishes from Latin countries.

Collado’s mother is from Puerto Rico and his father is from the Dominican Republic. He was born in the United States and his wife is Ecuadorian. Traveling to Ecuador made him realize that many Latin dishes vary from country to country. Its goal is to unite Latinos through food.

“It’s great, it’s very good, I finally made it,” Collado said of opening his own business.

His parents, aunts and uncles owned many restaurants over the years and he worked in the family businesses.

Family experience

Collado was the manager of his parents’ former business, Collado Restaurant in New Haven, from 2015 to earlier this year. The family sold the restaurant in January, allowing Collado to open his own.

In April, Collado learned that El Rincon Boricua was for sale and when he checked it out, he liked the storefront. Collado started running the business in May, and former owners helped him make the transition.

The main chef of the Collado restaurant came to work in the new company.

Menu

El Rincón Latino offers a buffet and a la carte menu every day.

The buffet includes two types of rice, beans, roast pork shoulder and baked chicken. Dishes that can be ordered à la carte include mofongo, which can be served with a variety of meats, and mangú con los tres golpes – mashed green plantains with pickled red onions served with fried cheese, eggs and of Dominican salami.

The restaurant also serves garlic shrimp, onion steak, burgers, fries, shakes, and juices. The Dominican classic, morir soñando, a drink made from orange juice and milk, is also served. Tres Leches cake is on the dessert menu.

Damaris Torres, from Meriden, recently visited the restaurant and enjoyed roast chicken topped with onions, ribs and mangú. She said the flavor and presentation were excellent, adding that the staff were friendly and helpful.

El Rincón Latino also offers catering and free delivery. For more information, call 475-775-5691 or visit El Rincón Latino Restaurant on Facebook.

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David H. Henry