Caribe Bistro closes
The tiny spot on Raymond, just off of University, has been home to a few fantastic neighborhood joints--Jay's Cafe and, before that, the storied Chet's Taverna. The most recent tenant, Caribe Bistro, announced this morning that it, too, will have to leave the spot.
Known for having fantastic mofongo and making each guest feel like a part of the family, Caribe was besieged by light rail construction soon after opening and sadly never regained its footing. All hope is not lost yet.
Heidi and Tony Panelli, the owners of Caribe, are the sort of people who inspire hope and good wishes. They came in when the restaurant was still open as Jay's and slowly transformed the spot into their home, painting the walls vibrant, tropical colors while Tony cooked the foods from his native Puerto Rico. The restaurant never lacked warmth, from the colors to the food to the heart and soul the Panellis poured into every inch of the space.
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