The Cuban Café Is Coming To Promenade Point Shopping Center!

A brand-new local eatery will soon bring the sights, sounds, and flavors of Cuba to the Madison/Huntsville area! Join us in welcoming The Cuban Café to the Promenade Point shopping center at 5510 Promenade Point Parkway.

Utilizing the culinary savvy of Jesenia (Jessi) Ysalgue and the entrepreneurial spirit of her husband Andy Ysalgue, The Cuban Café will be a vibrant spot where guests can experience authentic Cuban culture and cuisine.

Photo Credit: Katie Shelton; Jesenia (Jessi) Ysalgue: Co-owner & Operating Manager; Andy Ysalgue: Co-owner

“We are happy to announce that lovers of traditional Cuban dishes in the Madison/Huntsville area will soon have a great option to enjoy close by,” said Andy, co-owner of The Cuban Café. “There’s going to be something to satisfy every one of your senses, and we can’t wait to open our doors and deliver a memorable experience.”

The Cuban Café will serve guests six days a week and is tentatively scheduled to open in early August of this year. The hours will be:

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – Thursday: 11am-10pm

Friday – Saturday: 11am-11pm

Sunday – 11am-9pm

Bold, Fresh Flavors in Every Bite

What makes The Cuban Café unique? According to Jessi, operating manager and co-owner, it’s the years of training in the restaurant industry, authenticity, and soul that goes into every dish.

“This is the way I was taught to cook as a child, so I have been making these dishes all my life,” explained Jessi. “There’s something so special about Cuban food and the way it makes you feel. Cilantro, garlic, peppers—you can taste every ingredient and appreciate what it brings to the meal.”

For years, Jessi and Andy had the dream of opening a café that served the fresh and bold flavors they grew up with. And now, Jessi is inviting others to discover the delight of Cuban cuisine.

“We will, of course, have a traditional Cuban sandwich made with roasted pork, sweet ham, pickles, and swiss,” assured Jessi. “It’s one of our favorites and we are thrilled to serve it alongside other types of sandwiches and many other menu items including ropa vieja, picadillo, and much more.”

Ropa vieja is Jessi’s favorite dish to eat when visiting family in Miami. She explained that the name of the dish translates to “old clothes” in Spanish, a term that describes the look of the meat once it’s prepared.

“It’s a beef stew that includes meat shredded like old clothes,” she laughed. “It has meat, veggies, red sauce, and spices. When it’s homemade, the flavor will almost smack you in the face. It’s delicious.”

There will also be plenty of desserts to choose from on The Cuban Café menu, like Jessi’s famous flan.

“It’s the best flan I’ve ever had in my life,” complimented Andy. “We beg her to make it for every family event—they are never complete without it. I know guests are going to love it.”

The future home of The Cuban Cafe!

 Enjoy the Sights, Sounds, and Flavors of Cuba

Homemade fare isn’t the only reason to visit The Cuban Café—there’s much more to experience. For instance, there will be a decorated patio where patrons can smoke cigars and sip a craft cocktail while listening to the smooth sounds of drums, guitars, bongos, and trumpets playing in the background. Latin music will play an important role in the overall atmosphere.

“We want The Cuban Café to be more than a place you drop by for a good meal, although it will be that,” clarified Andy. “Our patio will be one of the most comfortable spots in the café. We want people to be able to close their eyes and feel like they are in Cuba or Miami. We keep using the word ‘authentic’, but that’s really what we are going for. Sharing these parts of the Cuban culture is something that’s special to us.”

Andy also shared that live music may be at the café during special occasions and events.

“Grab a mojito or a Cuban sandwich and hang with us for awhile,” invited Jessi. “We are a place that everyone in the family can enjoy. And we are just around the corner for all of our Madison customers.”

In the End, It’s About the People

For Jessi, nothing excites her more than opening the doors and getting to know her guests.

“We’ve wanted to bring this café to life for years,” shared Jessi. “So we have put a lot of planning and hard work into making sure it’s exactly what we envisioned. You can find Cuban sandwiches in many places—and they are all delicious. But we wanted to share them with traditional ingredients, prepared in a way that stood the test of time in our own family. We love Madison and Huntsville, and we are eager to open so they can try our recipes.”

Jessi and Andy have been part of the Madison/Huntsville community for 10 years. After one visit, the couple immediately fell in love with the area and decided it was the perfect place to raise a family.

“The first time we visited ten years ago, we had 70-degree weather, a tornado, and snow flurries all within four days,” joked Andy. “We love the colors and the seasons here, but more than anything we love the people and the family atmosphere.”

The duo also mentioned the growth of the area and said they hope the new café will be a player in the continuing progress of the city.

“We wanted to create a place that brings the community together to enjoy great food and fun,” said Jessi. “Madison and Huntsville have some amazing restaurants—we eat at them frequently. We are honored to soon be a part of such a diverse, quality group of restaurateurs.”

“Our roots are in Miami, but we have made Madison our home,” said Jessi. “This is a way for us to invite our friends to experience something they may not have had the chance to experience before. Whether you’re coming to grab a bite, hang out at the bar, or relax on our patio, we want you to leave feeling refreshed, happy, and—of course—full of comforting Cuban cooking.”

To learn more about The Cuban Café and to get updates on its opening, be sure to like them on Facebook!

Photo Credit: Katie Shelton; “There’s something so comforting about traditional Cuban cooking…” – Jessi Ysalgue

Have you tried Cuban food before? What’s your favorite dish? Let us know in the comments!

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Curio By Hilton Hotels Coming To Downtown Huntsville!

(Historic downtown property to be redeveloped as Downtown Huntsville’s first boutique hotel: 106 Jefferson.)

Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate is proud to announce that historic 106 Jefferson Street is being redeveloped to house Downtown Huntsville’s first full-service boutique hotel. The former Hale Brother’s Furniture site will soon be the location of 106 Jefferson Hotel, A Curio Collection by Hilton. An upscale soft brand within Hilton’s portfolio, Curio currently has more than 50 unique hotels throughout six continents. Construction for 106 Jefferson is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Situated one block from the city square, 106 Jefferson will be in the center of downtown’s business, retail and entertainment districts. Guests will have immediate access to Huntsville highlights such as The Garage at Clinton Row retail center, The Avenue shops, Big Spring Park, CityCentre at Big Spring, Von Braun Civic Center, the Huntsville Museum of Art and much more. 106 Jefferson will be the third Curio hotel to enter the Alabama market with existing locations in Birmingham and Mobile.

“Expanding the Curio collection to Huntsville will not only fill a void for upscale accommodations but also offer a venue for corporate events and conferences, elegant dining and social gatherings,” said Wesley Crunkleton, principal at Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate and co-developer of 106 Jefferson. “Its strategic location makes it the ideal destination for travelers who are looking for an authentic Huntsville experience with easy access to downtown hot spots. We look forward to bringing new life to this historic property and creating an exceptional getaway.”

The proposed hotel will be a convenient option for both leisure travelers and business professionals. 106 Jefferson’s six-story downtown location will feature 117 guests rooms, a full-service restaurant, best-in-class amenities, meeting rooms and rooftop bar on the 7th floor.

106 Jefferson will introduce an unmatched level of service, quality and luxury to the market while delivering a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors,“ said McLean Wilson, principal at Kemmons Wilson Companies and co-developer of 106 Jefferson. “We are thrilled to offer our skills and hospitality experience to Huntsville for this exciting project.”

Redevelopment of the historic property will utilize an experienced team of collaborators led by Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate and Kemmons Wilson Companies as co-developers. Memphis-based Bounds & Gillespie will serve as architects for the development, and the award-winning Valor Hospitality Partners, whose expertise has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler and other key players in the tourism industry, will handle management of the new hotel.

For more information on the news of this release, contact Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate’s Marketing Coordinator Haley Clemons at haley@crunkletonassociates.com.

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Crunkleton’s Retail Team Shares A Recap of ICSC 2018

Recently, two of our brokers traveled to Las Vegas to attend the annual International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) conference in Las Vegas. Anusha Alapati and Zac Buckley specialize in retail leasing here at Crunkleton and took the opportunity to share a recap of the event and discuss all major updates affecting the retail leasing industry.

RECon in Las Vegas is the largest commercial real estate conference in the world focusing on deal-making and the discovery of new, exciting concepts. This year, an estimated 37,000 retail specialists and industry leaders met for the annual three-day event to showcase trends in the market. Despite what one may hear in regard to concerns about the uncertainty of retail, the conference was packed with attendees, fresh ideas, and a positive atmosphere. It is clear that the retail real estate industry is going through major changes, many of which will affect the face of retail and the shopping experience for years to come.

Here are a few key takeaways from the event:

Restaurants are Becoming Anchor Tenants

Historically, restaurants were considered an added amenity in shopping centers and were limited in proportion of the property—mainly due to the parking requirements and the inherent issues involving prep and disposal of food. Now, restaurants are often considered the anchor tenants of developments, occupying 20-40 percent of shopping centers compared to 10-15 percent ten years ago.

Landlords now consider restaurants the ideal tenant because they are historically strong traffic drivers to centers, meaning guaranteed regular customer visits. It’s interesting to watch restaurants themselves shift to providing experiential elements: unique aesthetics, Instagram-worthy food, communal seating, and other interactive features that millennials crave.

Experiential Retail is Key

Retailers have to adapt to remain successful and competitive in the e-commerce era. However, customers are still searching for social and experiential elements, which can typically be found in visiting the physical store. Retailers are recreating stores to provide one-of-a-kind experiences, such as classes, events, demonstrations, etc.

The overall mindset is shifting from simply moving a product to developing an experience. It’s clear that today’s customer needs to feel as if the store is adding value beyond simply providing the merchandise. Landlords are also getting into the experiential game by backfilling vacant spaces with entertainment concepts and using vacant land, not for another building, but for a park, playground, putt-putt, etc.

Pop-Ups to Test Concepts

Pop-up locations are gaining popularity in developments due to smaller, local retail brands that are looking to grow. With the rise of local vendors from Etsy, Instagram, and Shopify, more concepts want to experiment with brick-and-mortar but are hesitant to make a large investment. Pop-ups allow these retailers to test out their concept or idea in a brick-and-mortar environment before entering into a longer-term lease. The landlords benefit because pop-up tenants create excitement and something different regularly for the development.

If properly curated, pop-ups can draw more traffic or new traffic to the center, which in turn creates additional traffic for the permanent tenants. In many cases, pop-ups are so pleased with the turnout they decide to open up a brick-and-mortar location.

Online-only Retailers Opening Physical Stores

Although retail has become increasingly digital, most shopping still takes place in stores. Online-only retailers are opening brick-and-mortar stores to interact with their clientele and to enhance the customer experience. For example, Warby Parker and Bonobos, both historically online-only retailers, opened physical stores so customers can actually try on products. This allows them to focus on customer service over inventory management.

Going Local

Lastly, in speaking with landlord and developers from across the country, one thing was clear: the make-up of tenants in their developments are becoming more and more local. Typically called “mom-and-pop” retailers, these local concepts and owners are becoming the backbone of successful shopping centers. Less and less focus is being placed on large, national “credit” tenants as landlords strive to credit a strong tenant mix that appeals to all types of shoppers in their trade area. Local tenants often bring a fresh look, brand, and experience to developments that national retail can’t provide. We believe this trend will continue into the foreseeable future.

For more information on ICSC, be sure to visit the official website here. What changes are you noticing in the retail industry? Let us know in the comments!

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Clean Juice To Open First Alabama Location At Twickenham Square!

As promised, we have another exciting announcement about the Shops at Twickenham Square! Alison Dennis, who was featured in our recent Cabana Wax blog, has more news to share with Huntsville. And this time, it involves cold-pressed juices, açaí bowls, avocado toast, and other healthy fare.

“Our team can’t wait to open Alabama’s first Clean Juice location at Twickenham Square,” said Alison, co-owner and general manager of Clean Juice. “In Huntsville, we have a community that is always looking for ways to improve their health and wellness, and our store hopes to help people achieve some of their health goals in a fun and convenient way.”

A 1,200 square foot space, Clean Juice plans to open in August of this year! Very soon, people near the downtown, medical district, and Blossomwood neighborhoods will be able to drop in for a fresh juice and açaí bowl, or a pick up a quick bite from the shop’s grab-and-go bar.

The new eatery will be open:

Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

What is Clean Juice?

When husband and wife team Kat and Landon Eckles were looking for a career change, the duo developed the idea of creating a juice bar that focused on providing fresh, organic options along with a guest-focused experience.

In 2015, the Eckles opened the original Clean Juice store in Huntersville, North Carolina. Three short years later, Clean Juice now has more than 100 locations throughout 16 states, with plans to continue expanding.

“The Eckles bring a fresh, trendy vibe to the Clean Juice brand that’s made it stand out in the market,” explained Alison. “They have created something truly unique, because it’s ‘health food’ that not only tastes great but is actually healthy. Customers can rest easy knowing that we’re using 100% USDA Certified Organic ingredients—meaning everything we serve, from our celery to our coffee to our cinnamon, is free from chemicals, pesticides, and GMOs. And we never add sugar to your drink.”

With its extensive menu of juices, smoothies, açaí bowls, and toasts, Clean Juice provides nutritional information for all of its offerings online.

Clean Juice has drummed up praise in publications like Huffington Post, Inc., and Bustle Magazine since its opening. In fact, the business was voted “Fastest Growing Franchise for 2018” by Franchise Gator; its success shows no end in sight.

The dream team.

Alison’s involvement with Clean Juice actually came out of wanting to situate Cabana Wax at Twickenham Square. She and her husband Garrett found the perfect space next to Beaute Nail Spa, but it had twice the amount of square footage they needed.

“As luck would have it, our friends Allie and Todd Hose, and Todd’s brother and sister-in-law, Tyler and Jessica Hose, had known the Eckles for years and had been awaiting the right opportunity to open a Clean Juice store in Alabama,” said Alison.

Left to Right: Garrett Dennis, Alison Dennis, Allie Hose, Todd Hose (Photographer: Tall Guys Photography)

“After the Hoses introduced us to this awesome concept, we met with the coporate office and immediately knew we wanted to be part of the business. So, we pitched the idea of incorporating Clean Juice and Cabana Wax into the space, and the landlord agreed to let us divide it.”

It was decided that each of the six would have ownership in Clean Juice and contribute their unique skills to the project.

“Allie is a marketing professional, Todd is a former commercial real estate agent, Tyler works in finance, Jessica grew up immersed in a family of successful business owners, and Garrett and I are lawyers,” Alison shared. “More importantly, all six of us wholeheartedly believe in the concept and are passionate about making Twickenham one of the brand’s best stores.”

“Huntsville was the perfect spot for the first Alabama location.”

“On a macro level, the people of Huntsville are smart and they care about their health,” said Alison. “This is evident from the amount of interest Huntsvillians show in fitness and clean eating. On a more micro level, our space at Twickenham Square is surrounded by businesses that serve similar interests. People who want a 30-minute workout at 9Round or a quick service at Cabana Wax are likely to be interested in fast, healthy food too.”

Clean Juice will also benefit those who live and work near Twickenham who have awaited a convenient spot for coffee and breakfast items beginning at 7 a.m. on weekdays.

“We take customer care seriously.”

“The founders of Clean Juice created the business with very specific core values,” said Alison. “One of the most important tenets behind the brand is that we respect others by respecting their time. We want to be a place that you get in and out of quickly without sacrificing food quality.”

Each day, the juice bar will have a grab-and-go bar stocked and ready to go upon opening.

“The main takeaway is that you come first and side work comes second,” clarified Alison. “There will never be anything more important than you when you’re in our store.”

 Why choose Clean Juice?

Although Huntsville will have to wait until August to get its hands on a cold-pressed juice or a Beach Bowl, the owners of Clean Juice Twickenham promise it will be well worth it.

 “We believe we can inspire and motivate people by making clean eating enjoyable,” said Alison. “Whether it’s almond toast or a chocolate protein smoothie, we want you to have confidence that what you’re eating is organic, full of nutrients, and carefully vetted by the Clean Juice team.”

Want to learn more about Clean Juice? Visit www.cleanjuice.com to get the full menu, nutrition facts, and more.

Do you enjoy juices and smoothies? If so, what kinds are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

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