Casa Borrega (1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-427-0654; www.casaborrega.com) owner Hugo Montero grew up in Mexico City, but he has always been familiar with Cuban culture.
"My dad loved Cuban music and Cuban culture," Montero says. "Mexico City had a large Cuban population."
Montero is leveraging that experience to launch La Habana, a food truck focusing on Cuban food. He's also working with Cuban musicians who perform at his Central City Mexican restaurant to develop the menu and plan events.
The food truck is expected to launch in mid-April, and the menu will include Cuban and medianoches sandwiches, ropa vieja, congri, lechon asado, arroz con pollo, tostones, fruit shakes and Cuban-style sodas from Miami. All items will cost between $3 and $9, Montero says.
Montero expects to have debut events featuring live Cuban music. He and wife Linda Stone will experiment with different locations to determine a regular routine. They expect to use the truck for lunchtime service and catering events.