PHILADELPHIA, PA. - In anticipation of National Empanada Day, two-time James Beard Award-winning Chef Guillermo Pernot is launching Empanada Alley. This will be a delivery-only restaurant or “ghost” kitchen centered around freshly baked, ready-to-enjoy empanadas delivered right to your door.


Empanada Alley by Cuba Libre

Choose from six different empanadas (Beef Picadillo, Chicken De La Casa, Pork Del Campo, Atún (Tuna), Vegetariana, Guava Dulce/Sweet), five sauces and a small variety of Cuban sides, soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. Empanadas are $5 apiece or can be ordered as combo packages for family dinners, snacks, or special occasions.

“This second concept is a pivot that we thought made sense to bring back more of our employees who were laid off due to the COVID-19 restrictions that limit indoor dining. It’s not fast food, it’s not pizza, but it’s affordable ‘real’ food composed by our award-winning chef. We hope it will boost our business and be a welcome addition to the region’s culinary offerings. We are launching it first in Philadelphia with Washington DC to follow soon after that. We see this as an ongoing venture, even after the pandemic is over, and plan to establish outlets around the country, independent of Cuba Libre locations.”

In April, Cuba Libre will be donating a portion of sales ($1 for each order of $15 or more) to CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees). Barry Gutin is a board member. The delivery area is within a five-mile radius of Old City, Philadelphia

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