Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria in Glendale's New CitySet
Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria, which opened in late summer 2013 in Glendale’s new CitySet complex, is the next chapter in Kristy Socarras Bigelow’s success story. She could be a poster child for the American Dream: A Cuban-American from Miami whose family didn’t allow her to go to college -- “Cuban moms are strict,” she explains -- and who had little restaurant experience, she opened Cuba Cuba Cafe & Bar in the Golden Triangle in 2001, and it quickly became a hot spot.
Urban Vibe Planned to the ‘T’ at CitySet
by Lisa Wirthman - Denver Business Journal
It’s easy to see why Navin Dimond, president and CEO of Englewood-based developer Stonebridge Companies, wanted to build something where Colorado Boulevard meets Cherry Creek Drive South in Denver.
That’s because plenty of traffic goes by every day — between 80,000 and 150,000 cars, according to Daniel Aizenman, senior architectural designer with Stantec, which designed CitySet, the 250,000-square-foot hotel and dining district that Stonebridge Companies built there on 7.32 acres during the Great Recession.
Fast-Casual Approach to Cuban Cuisine
by Gretchen Kurtz - Westword
Even before Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria existed, Kristy Socarras Bigelow was a poster child for the American Dream. A Cuban-American from Miami whose family didn't allow her to go to college — "Cuban moms are strict," she explains — she'd fashioned a successful career for herself, opening Cuba Cuba Cafe & Bar in the Golden Triangle in 2001 with very little experience and quickly turning it into a favorite spot for a taste of Cuba in Colorado. A decade later she branched out to fast-casual, opening the first Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria in Boulder. Time to cue the music and ride off into the sunset, right?
Her story may have a hint of Hollywood to it, but that was hardly the ending. One day, a customer "came into the sandwich shop and liked it," Socarras Bigelow recalls. "He said, 'I want to partner with you and help you expand.'" That customer, now a partner, was David Karam, former president of Wendy's International and current Sbarro CEO. So what's happening at Glendale's CitySet, where the second Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria opened last summer, is more than the next phase in Socarras Bigelow's story: It's a prototype for the future of mojitos, roast pork and plantains.
This Time, I Remember: Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria
by Edan Goode - In Good Taste Denver
I remember the waitress bringing a pitcher of beautiful mojitos, with the clear liquid and bits of fragrant mint floating up from the bottom where they had been muddled into relinquishing their delicious essences. And I remember the fried plantains as an appetizer but that’s about all I remember from my visit to Cuba Cuba Cafe and Bar, Denver in the cute little house at 1173 Delaware Street near the Denver Art Museum. Darned those mojitos! They obliterated my memory of anything else I ate there that night.
With a much clearer head, I gave their latest little sister restaurant a try (minus those mojito temptresses). Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria in Glendale in the new CitySet off of Colorado Boulevard and Cherry Creek Drive South. I was immediately struck by the bright colors and fabulous music. I could almost feel island breezes blowing in through the door.