If you are curious about what classic Cuban cocktail bars were like in the days of Ernest Hemingway, you don’t have to travel very far now, thanks to celeb Chef Michelle Bernstein.
Today, she officially opens her latest venture, Café La Trova, in Miami’s Little Havana, a business where she has partnered with well-known Miami cantinero (bartender) Julio Cabrera.
The soft opening happened a couple of weeks ago, but regular hours kick in today: 4 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday. The outside window (ventanita) is open daily starting at 8 a.m. Lunch and brunch will be added in the near future.
James Beard winner Bernstein and her husband, David Martinez, also own the Sweet Liberty bar on Miami Beach. Overseeing her dishes at Café La Trova is Cuban chef Raulito Salgado, who used to work at Havana’s famous El Floridita restaurant. The menu includes empanadas, croquetas, pastelitos, sandwiches, coffee, desserts and more. And there is live music. But, of course.
Bernstein will also be part of a SOBEWFF dinner on Feb. 21, which is sold out.
Café La Trova, 971 SW Eighth St., Miami; 786/286-2802; facebook.com/CafeLaTrovaMiami/
Yolk Park Place opens today in Boca Raton
The first South Florida location for Chicago-based chain Yolk opens today in Boca Raton, at 5570 N. Military Trail. Breakfast and lunch are served daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes omelets, French toast, salads, sandwiches, coffee and much more, as well as a Coffee Bar and a pick-up window for fast fixes.