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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J. Kennedy Clothing Company Joins Traditional Style With An Adventurous Edge In New Downtown Women’s Boutique

“For elegance, for resilience, for grace. Terribly simple—yet terrifically glamorous.
Uptown or downtime—bring wonderful manners and a flair for adventure. Horseback riding or sail boating today?”

Behind the brand of J. Kennedy Clothing Company is a passion for empowering the modern woman through timelessly classic style. A new women’s boutique coming to Downtown Huntsville in Spring 2018, J. Kennedy will supply a unique inventory of heirloom quality clothing and goods.

The new shop is the final tenant to join the thriving businesses at The Garage at Clinton Row—an adaptive reuse development that converted the bottom of a city parking deck into a strip of retail stores. The grand reveal of the shop took place last week at the Clinton Avenue Block Party and is already drawing the interest of Huntsville shoppers.

For Co-Owners of J. Kennedy, Meagan Tortorigi and Anusha Alapati, the project to open the store has been a year in the making. The shop plans to open its doors in March of next year, with online shopping available in February.

“Huntsville is a growing city with a need and appreciation for diversity in clothing,” said Meagan. “While we are a small, local boutique, we will provide exceptional customer service, style, experience, and assistance in outfitting. Now is the time to bring J. Kennedy to life.”

The Story.

“The look, the walk, the clothes, the grace.”

With years of retail experience under her belt as the owner and operator of Huntsville’s Cotton Cottage Boutique, Meagan reached out to Anusha with the proposition of opening a new women’s outfitter with a signature style.

“Managing Cotton Cottage was an incredible experience,” said Meagan, who will handle the day-to-day business of J. Kennedy. “After I moved to Birmingham, I left the retail business to focus on other pursuits. Now that I am back in Huntsville, it’s time to take on J. Kennedy with Anusha by my side. I couldn’t ask for a better business partner.”

As they formed plans for their new store, the image of one fiercely confident woman came to mind—Jacqueline Kennedy.

The Inspiration.

“It’s not just about what you wear, but how you wear it.”

Jacqueline Kennedy’s signature poise motivated Meagan and Anusha to create a new kind of women’s boutique for Huntsville. Everything from the design of the space to the available brands were carefully selected to reflect the refinement of the American fashion icon.

“Whether she was out on the field or at an upscale ball, Jackie Kennedy carried her strong sense of style with her,” said Anusha. “It’s something to be admired. Our new store will reflect the adventure and sophistication that she conveyed.”

Shoppers at J. Kennedy will be able to find a look for every occasion—styles for work, a night on the town, or casual day wear. And plenty of accessories will be available as well, including jewelry, shoes, and leather goods.

“We want every visit to be a memorable experience for our clientele,” said Meagan. “And that starts the moment they walk into the store.”

The Experience.

“A button up and jeans stop traffic. The door opens and she enters, breathless, but on time.”

Antique wingback chairs, Persian rugs, wooden accent walls, and exposed brick—these are just a few of the accents to expect at J. Kennedy.

“It will be as if you’re walking into a chic hunting lodge to enjoy a glass of champagne with Jackie herself,” said Meagan. “It’s outdoorsy but sophisticated. It will stand out in terms of design, and we think it will fit perfectly with the well-established shops at The Garage. We are also working with the Huntsville Historic Foundation and Reconstruction South to secure furniture and other decorative items.”

J. Kennedy plans to keep customers in mind when making decisions on what goods to carry in the 1,000 square foot space. Anusha said the company will reach out on social media in the coming months to hear what Huntsville has to say.

The Journey.

“For elegance, for resilience, for grace. Terribly simple, yet terrifically glamorous.”

Huntsville, what makes you feel glamorous? Confident? Classic? J. Kennedy wants to know.

“We want our customers to have a voice when it comes to what brands and fashion we offer,” explained Meagan. “Reach out to us via social media and let us know what you want us to carry. Every time we go to market we have our customers’ needs in mind. Speak up, because we are listening.”

Get to know J. Kennedy on Facebook and Instagram as they reveal more about the store in the coming months.

Visit https://www.jkennedyclothing.com for more.

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Announcement: Honest Coffee Roasters Is Expanding Its Space!

If you’ve visited Honest Coffee Roasters in Downtown Huntsville, you have surely enjoyed the decadent lattes and espresso drinks on its crowd-pleasing menu. And let’s not forget those acai bowls that have gained much attention since the shop’s official opening in May.

But with crowds of Huntsvillians frequenting Honest daily, it quickly became evident that more seating was needed to accommodate the coffee lovers. Christy Graves, managing partner at Honest in Huntsville, said the downtown shop will be adding an additional 700 square feet of space—making room for extra seating and creating more opportunities for communicating with its guests.

“Two of the biggest challenges we have faced since opening are having enough seating and needing another point-of-sale register,” said Christy. “By adding additional space we are able to accomplish both.”

More comfortable seating

A mirror image of the existing shop, the expansion space will include new elements like a “comfy space” with a couch and chairs where guests can relax with friends. The additional square footage will also allow more room for their patrons’ business meetings.

“We have noticed that many downtown workers use our shop as a place to have casual business meetings,” explained Christy. “We will have ample seating and tables in our expanded space that will help create an environment well suited for that.”

More efficient ordering

Honest had another goal in mind—add an additional register.

“The second register will allow the Honest team more time to talk with first-time guests who may not know what to order,” said Christy. “It will also help us expedite the line of customers who are regulars and already know what they want. It’s a win-win.”

More fun this fall

The expansion is tentatively scheduled for completion in October, and Honest is ready to welcome its customers to the larger space with new fall-inspired menu items.

“Our baristas have been really creative and developed three new drinks for guests to try,” said Christy. “The Hashtag Fall, Bootlegger, and 3rd Degree. The Hashtag Fall is a tasty latte with sweet potato juice, dark brown sugar, and simple syrup. The 3rd Degree is our spicy mocha, and the Bootlegger is a housemade caramel bourbon latte. We also have a brand-new Harvest bowl that continues our partnership with Scott’s Orchard by featuring his fresh apples.”

Honest says thank you

“More than anything, we are overwhelmed with the support that we get daily from the city,” said Christy. “There are Tuesdays at 2 p.m. when we have a full house, and we always seem to have steady crowds. Our customers are the best, and we hope that this shop expansion will give them more reason and room to come hang out with us and enjoy their day with a good cup of coffee.”

Have you visited Honest Coffee yet? What’s your favorite item on the menu? Let us know in the comments below.

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