Thursday, November 4, 2021


Fans of Puerto Rican cuisine are in for a big treat, as "virtual" restaurant Marina's Cafe is poised to open its first brick and mortar location in the strip mall at Magnolia and Wilson.

Marina's Cafe owner Eric Roldan has been operating a popular virtual kitchen since March 2021 out of a commercial kitchen space in Avondale, and it has been his dream to open a public-facing restaurant.  The former "Uptown Dry Cleaners" spot at 4554 N. Magnolia (infamous for their "Uptown Dry Cleanrs" signage) is the location he chose.

Look for sandwiches (tripleta, jibarito, chicken, veggie, steak, pork), wings, and traditional Puerto Rican dishes like Bistec Encebollado (Steak & Onions), Pernil (Roasted pork), and Pollo Guisado (Chicken Stew) alongside traditional sides. They are vegetarian friendly as well and have multiple meat-free options.

Menus from the current location below.  Puerto Rico---Ho!  Puerto Rico---Ho!


  1. Looking forward to this opening. Would love it if they added mufungo to the menu.

  2. Excited for this! That storefront (and others near it) has been vacant for far too long. I wish them much success.

  3. Sooo excited for this. Do we know when they are going to open?