Puerto Rican eatery brings Caribbean culture to Crestview


Yanira Alvarez-Ortiz and her husband, Jorge Alvarez, bring the ambience of a Puerto Rican neighborhood "chinchorro" eatery to Crestview.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Monday, June 2, 2014 at 10:50 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Yanira Alvarez-Ortiz says her new eatery is more than a place for a hearty, home-cooked Puerto Rican meal.

She and her husband, Jorge Alvarez, a 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldier, created Puerto Rico in Crestview to be a gathering place where lively music plays, family members of all ages can gather and domino games can run nonstop.

Such culture is special for the couple, who met at a chinchorro in Jorge's Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, hometown.

"The food at a chinchorro is special because it is homemade," Alvarez-Ortiz said.

"The 7th Group families love chinchorros," Alvarez said. "They've been waiting so long for someone to start the concept here. It's our way to share a little of our culture with Crestview."

Caribbean comes to Crestview

"There is no one in the area who does Caribbean food," Alvarez-Ortiz said. "People know dishes from Mexico or South America, but they are not the same.

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