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Mamajuana Cafe is opening at the Rice. It's taking over the ground floor retail space at 909 Texas Avenue, Suite E. Local Japanese restaurant Azuma was the last occupant.

Mamajuana Cafe is an East Coast-based restaurant serving Latin and Nuevo Latino fare. Locations are mainly in New York and New Jersey. 

Looking at the Instagram pages of their different locations, it seems this is more of a spot for hookah and partying than dining.


https://mamajuana-cafe.com
https://www.instagram.com/mamajuanacafehouston

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On 8/29/2022 at 12:09 PM, IntheKnowHouston said:

Mamajuana Cafe is opening at the Rice. It's taking over the ground floor retail space at 909 Texas Avenue, Suite E. Local Japanese restaurant Azuma was the last occupant.

Mamajuana Cafe is an East Coast-based restaurant serving Latin and Nuevo Latino fare. Locations are mainly in New York and New Jersey. 

Looking at the Instagram pages of their different locations, it seems this is more of a spot for hookah and partying than dining.


https://mamajuana-cafe.com
https://www.instagram.com/mamajuanacafehouston



More on Mamajuna Cafe leasing the ground floor unit at the Rice; 909 Texas Ave, Ste E. A blurb about it in today's Houston Chronicle:


"Mamajuana Café leased 4,435 square feet at The Rice, at 909 Texas Ave., in downtown Houston, for its first Texas location. Mamajuana Café has nine locations nationwide. Eric Rozelle of Chodrow Realty Advisors represented the tenant. Katherine Wildman and Bunny McLeod of Wulfe & Co. represented the landlord."

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/texas-inc/article/Retail-wrap-Gatsby-s-Fine-Seafood-debuts-in-17500319.php

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Oh it seems like it might actually be Dominican. That makes sense and could be a great addition to downtown.

Nuevo Latino from the East Coast sounded potentially like an awful idea, but a northeastern restaurant not understanding that you need to be more specific that just "Latin" definitely tracks.

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13 hours ago, Texasota said:

Oh it seems like it might actually be Dominican. That makes sense and could be a great addition to downtown.

Nuevo Latino from the East Coast sounded potentially like an awful idea, but a northeastern restaurant not understanding that you need to be more specific that just "Latin" definitely tracks.


Except it's not a Dominican restaurant.

The restaurant's owners are Dominican and there are Dominican dishes on the menu. However, the dishes served span various Latin countries; thus this would be classified as Pan-Latin fare. Then there are the contemporary and non-traditional takes on most of the dishes, which would lean towards Nuevo Latino. But it's most certainly not a Dominican only restaurant.

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7 minutes ago, Texasota said:

boo


Regardless, I get the impression Cafe Mamajuana puts more emphasis on providing a club+party atmosphere than food. My impressions is based off some of the reviews and the way the locations are promoted on Instagram and Tik Tok.

Still, I think it's possible this will be a lively spot, especially on the weekends. It will be good to see this space open again. I look forward to seeing the transformation for the restaurant.

 

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