Proprietors Cesar Cardona and Juan Osorio are pushing for a mid-April opening of Viva La Cocina, a Latin American fusion restaurant at 508 N. Euclid (next to The Improv Shop and Evangeline's). Viva La Cocina, pronounced Cosina, means "kitchen" in Spanish. In the small world department, though Cesar, the owner of Club Viva at 408 N. Euclid, and Juan, an executive with Macy's, are originally from the same town in Colombia, SA, they met here in St. Louis. Cesar is a friend of Juan's father, who still lives in Colombia.
Knowing Cesar's reputation as a great cook, Latin and South American patrons of Club Viva have been asking for years where they can find their native cuisine in St. Louis. Juan and Cesar have been mulling the idea of opening such a restaurant for a couple of years and decided the time was right to move forward.
Viva La Cocina will be a 50-seat restaurant featuring a fusion of Pan-American foods from Chile to Columbia, Cuba and the Caribbean. Mojitos will be a specialty at the bar. Juan Osorio added: "We've hired a New York chef with thirty years experience to run the kitchen. There is no place that brings the diversity of food that Viva La Cocina will introduce to St. Louis."
Viva La Cocina, 508 N. Euclid, opening mid-April. Social media including website, Facebook, etc. is in development. More info to come.