Foodies are getting another shot at authentic Cuban cuisine with the Grand Opening of in his new location on Rosebud Road in Loganville. The Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce was on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 13, complete with food sampling and Latin music.
Owner Renaldo “Rey” Martinez opened the doors of his new café on March 22, one that provides convenient drive-thru service for his customers. The space boasts a few tables for dining in, but Martinez is focusing mainly on made-to-order take-out food, which includes tamales, pressed Cuban sandwiches, and various soups and salads.
Martinez said he's excited about the new location.
“I have a broader customer base now," he said. "I’m getting people from Grayson and Snellville. And my regular customers from my old place in Loganville are coming here. I even have people driving from Monroe for our food. “
Martinez said he is also glad to be back to doing what he does best.
“I love feeding people,” he said. “It makes me so happy," he said. "I can’t see myself doing anything else.”
Coming to America with his family when he was a young boy, Martinez can be considered an expert on Cuban cuisine, which comes across in the tantalizing flavors of the food he prepares for his customers. A daily special will be offered every day, which will include rice, black beans, and a fountain drink. Rey’s Cuban Café will also be offering catering.
Take-out menus will be available in the restaurant, as well as on the website at www.reyscubancafe.com. Martinez suggests calling ahead to place your order, and then picking it up at the drive-thru window.
“I don’t want people to think that just because we have a drive-thru window, that we have become a fast food restaurant. We still prepare our food made-to-order, so it is fresh and delicious,” Martinez said.
Chamber members were treated to a lunch of either roasted pork, which Martinez slow-roasts to create a tender, mouth-watering treat, or a pressed pork Cuban sandwich served hot off the sandwich press. Black beans and rice rounded out the meal. Loganville City Councilwoman Michelle Lynch was on hand to congratulate Martinez, who also serves on the Loganville City Council with her.
“I wish Rey much success with his restaurant. The beans and rice are good, but it’s even better when you mix them together,” Lynch said.
Martinez followed up the grand opening the following day with a grand opening party, complete with Hawaiian dancers to entertain the guests and a jumping castle for the children.