Puerto Rican eatery brings Caribbean culture to Crestview

Published: Monday, June 2, 2014 at 10:50 AM.

Purchasing fruit and vegetables from local growers was an easy business decision, the couple said.

"It is important for the economy of Crestview," Alvarez-Ortiz said. "I'm buying from people who work the land here. They're going to come eat at my place and I want to contribute to their business.

"If someone sells honey, I want to buy their honey for my flan. If they sell peppers and other vegetables, I want to buy them for my dishes."

The restaurant shares outdoor covered dining with the adjacent Hot Spot, where patrons may also buy drinks.

That kind of neighborly collaboration is one reason the couple chose Crestview for their business.

"Crestview is a nice and quiet town compared to the big cities, and we absolutely loved it; so we said to ourselves, 'Why not stay and bring our food and make Crestview our home?'" Alvarez-Ortiz said.

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