Caribbean cuisine has found a new home here in the Ozark Mountains, at a new restaurant called The Coqui Here Restaurant and Bar.
Located in Forsyth, the restaurant offers various dishes and foods native to Puerto Rico in the area, such as: kebabs, paella, skirt steak, mofongos and much more.
The Coqui Here restaurant and bar is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They are closed on Mondays.
Juan Delgado, the owner of The Coqui Here, first moved to Branson and opened a food truck that served Caribbean food, but soon decided to pursue a full restaurant.
“I opened a food truck in Branson, and moved here in the area to Missouri two or three years ago. I could see this place was a big tourist spot and I see they don’t have … a Caribbean restaurant, ”Delgado said. “When I opened a food truck, people (paid) (and pushed) me to open a restaurant. It was a motivation to try this place here in Forsyth.
According to Delgado, he named his restaurant after the coqui frog, a unique species native to Puerto Rico. He chose to give the restaurant the name of the Coqui Frog because he believes that the Coqui Here restaurant and bar is also a unique touch that is unlike any other restaurant in the Caribbean.
“I want people to know about the Caribbean restaurant, the Caribbean cuisine,” Delgado said. “I want them to know my country, Puerto Rico. We’re also part of the United States, and that’s why I’m here. This is my motivation. “
Since opening in March this year, Delgado says they have been busy non-stop every day they are open and hopes to continue the same activity throughout the summer.
Delgado is passionate about growing his business and reaching more people in the region. According to Delgado, he even has an idea to expand to Branson in the future.
For more information on menu prices, hours and the history of The Coqui Here restaurant and bar, visit their Facebook page or their website thecoquihere.wixsite.com/caribbeanfood.