My Ceviche has acquired Latin Burger & Taco restaurants.
My Ceviche's Sam Gorenstein and Roger Duarte finalized a deal Monday with Latin Burger & Taco's Jim Heins to purchase the Latin Burger restaurant in Coral Gables. The purchase, for an undisclosed amount, does not at this time affect the pink-and-black food trucks, which will remain under original ownership.
Latin Burger & Taco started as one of the first food trucks in Miami when he rumbled onto the scene in November 2009. It soon became a sensation, with long lines of fans waiting for the truck's signature burgers and tacos. The franchise quickly expanded with the addition of a second truck in 2011 and a brick-and-mortar restaurant opening in late 2013.
Latin Burger's Jim Heins tells Short Order that the arrangement is a purely organic one. "I was speaking with Roger [Duarte], and our visions were somewhat aligned as to growing our respective brands. When talking about My Ceviche and the duo's desire to grow the restaurant, Latin Burger kept coming up.
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"At the same time, I came to the conclusion that I didn't have the time to grow Latin Burger to its full potential since other projects were taking too much of my time."
The Latin Burger & Taco restaurant in Coral Gables has closed, and construction has begun on the space, which will become a My Ceviche location. The Latin Burger restaurant will be relocated in the future. Fans of the decadent Latin Macho burger can still find it on Latin Burger & Taco's food trucks.