Owners of popular restaurant in downtown Bethlehem open another restaurant two blocks away

The owners of a popular Latin American restaurant in downtown Bethlehem are planning a tasty new adventure two blocks away.

Husband and wife Michael and Mayra Collado, who operate Casa del Mofongo at 553 Main St., plan to open a sandwich shop, Casa del San-Gwich, in late July or early August at 20 W. Broad St.

The new restaurant, which can accommodate approximately 32 customers, will offer a completely different menu to that offered at Casa del Mofongo. It will specialize in “freshly made Dominican sandwiches,” including grilled chicken and steak sandwiches, Michael said.

“For the steak, it will be grilled, minced and sautéed steak with onions and peppers in a red wine sauce,” Michael said. “Then we would add cheese and toppings like lettuce and tomatoes.”

La Casa del San-Gwich will mainly serve hot sandwiches, including Cuban and roast rib sandwiches, Michael said, but a handful of cold sandwiches such as tuna salad and an American hoagie are also likely to be offered. .

The sandwiches will come with plantain chips and customers can upgrade to fries if they prefer. Other menu highlights will include natural juices, smoothies and empanadas such as beef, chicken, pork and vegetables.

“We’re going to have an open kitchen,” Michael said. “This way, customers will be able to see all of their food and drinks prepared in front of them.”

The fast-casual restaurant, with seating at high tables for eight, will occupy a renovated space that has been vacant for several years.

Upgrades will include new flooring, lighting, kitchen equipment and more.

The sandwich shop will be located near the former site of the Boyd Theatre, where a six-story mixed-use complex – housing 204 apartments, ground floor retail space, underground parking, a swimming pool and courtyard – is expected to be completed in 2023.

The proximity of the storefront to the future complex was an attractive feature for the Collados.

“Over 200 apartments are planned,” Michael said. “So we’re really excited.”

The Collados established Casa del Mofongo over a decade ago in a now closed location on Hamilton Street in downtown Allentown.

They opened a second restaurant location in downtown Bethlehem in 2019 and operated both locations for about a year.

“COVID hit us hard and we closed the Allentown Restaurant in 2020,” Michael said.

La Casa del Mofongo is known for its namesake dish, mofongo, a dish of fried green plantains twice mashed together and served with garlic mojo.

Customers can create their own mofongo by choosing their meat/seafood (pork crackers, roasted pork shoulder, Dominican sausage, flank steak, chicken, seafood, fish fillet, lobster or shrimp), base (cassava, plantain green, sweet plantain or trifongo) and sauce (creamy garlic mojo or special house creole sauce).

Other menu highlights include salads, rice specialties and entrees such as pork chop, seafood stew, lime or garlic chicken breast, chicken stuffed with prawns and whole red snapper.

La Casa del San-Gwich will serve lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Ultimately, the restaurant will eventually open earlier for breakfast sandwiches, Michael said.

To stay up to date on the restaurant’s progress, follow the company’s social media page, instagram.com/casa_del_sangwich.

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