Pop-Up Diner Offers Latin Experience

Alex Mitow Serving Lech贸n

Alex Mitow Serving Lech贸n

For four days in April, Alex Mitow, owner of Los Perros Locos鈥攖he LES spot slinging Colombian hot dogs鈥攐pened a theme-y pop up diner in the spot on Grand Street previously home to Noah鈥檚 Ark. All-American Diner: !A Pop-Up! was an experiment combining art, music and food. The tagline for Saturday, April 19, was Comedera Jevy: DDD (D铆p-sters, Dining and Dancing), which translated into a Latin-inspired evening courtesy of Christopher Rodriguez-Bautista and Danny聽Baez, the guys behind D铆p-sters. So, what exactly are D铆p-sters? In name it鈥檚 a mash up of Dominican and Hipsters, on the surface it seems to be a Dominican art collective, and according to Rodriguez-Bautista, 鈥淚t’s not a business per se, but a community of people from different backgrounds. The best way to explain it is a diverse, innovative creative collective. It鈥檚 cool culture wrapped in a hipster aesthetic.鈥 For the pop-up event they curated vibrant artwork that woke up the space with a little help from the DJ. Diversity is also key to Mitow鈥檚 experience. He grew up in a Jewish deli, owned a seafood restaurant in Florida and managed a BBQ spot in New York. While living in Miami he was exposed to Colombian food, hence the restaurant he owns and operates today. For this event he cooked dishes including a tasty sancocho, which he informed me has seven different kind of meats in it, and a lech贸n, an entire roasted suckling pig that he brought around on a bed of pineapples so everyone could take pictures聽before he personally served聽the tender meat聽to the hungry聽crowd. I only wished there was more of it to go around!

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