Hot Plates: Catalina Naranjo at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
Catalina Naranjo is a 22-year old Colombian server at Sugarcane in Midtown. She works alongside Ale Ordriozola, who was featured in last week's Hot Plates. The two are often mistaken as sisters. But unlike her Sugarcane compadre, Naranjo leads a double life. She's a vivacious Sugarcane server by day and a musician by night. Her genre of choice: alt rock laced with pop. The former contestant of Univision's Nuestra Belleza Latina is currently signed with label BMI.
New Times: What is your favorite cocktail?
Catalina Naranjo: The mojitos at Sugarcane. We make them from scratch here and they go well with our entire menu.
What is the sexiest item on the Sugarcane menu?
The oysters. Oysters are sexy. They are something you can enjoy while having a conversation. And they are supposed to be an aphrodisiac.
What is it that makes Sugarcane sexy?
The atmosphere and the lounge feeling to it. And there is always music playing. It's casual yet elegant. Everyone wants to be here.
Do you get hit on at work?
Yes, I do.
How do you handle your suitors?
I just go with the flow. I tell them to leave their number with the hostess stand. It diverts them in a way that I still get my tip.
Has anyone ever crossed the line?
There was this one guy that used to come in and tip me really, really well to the point that is started getting creepy. But I can usually handle them.
Do you think Sugarcane is a good place for first dates?
Yes. The concept is fun. It's an icebreaker.
What can you say about the Sugarcane patrons?
Everyone is artsy and fashionable. Everyone has that little something. That attitude.
Can you describe Sugarcane in one sentence?
It's the pre-party spot.
Where do you like to party?
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
3250 NE 1st Ave., Miami
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