Eduardo Bruno, the former executive chef atMorton's on Brickell
, planned on owning his own restaurant with his family when the economy hit. "I was working on my own concept for a long time, but I couldn't get the funding," he tells Short Order.
Driving his car one day, Bruno saw a yellow food truck parked on the side of the road with a For Sale sign on it and knew he found a way to start his soup and tapas empire. Bruno, along with wife Lisa and son Nicky, debuts Papa's Tapas tonight.
Everything is homemade, down to the tri-colored corn chips served with fresh ceviche of the day (tonight is tilapia with mandarin and ginger for $6). Five different empanadas will be offered, as well as satay skewers in beef, chicken, or shrimp ($6 to $8 for three skewers and Caribbean slaw or crisp frizzled onions).
Papa's Tapas will also feature a soup of the day, short rib tacos, and desserts (the flan de queso is his mother's recipe).
The truck is part of the Bruno family's big picture. Bruno plans to establish the truck and then open Papa's Soups, a fast-casual restaurant somewhere in Miami. World domination comes with the mass distribution of his products in supermarkets, sometime in the future.
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Joining Papa's Tapas at Midway Ford from 5:30 to 10 tonight will be Chef on 4 Wheels, Chef on Wheels, Daddy's Grill, the Flying Saucer, GastroPod, Latin Burger, Muscle Truck, and Sno-Caps. 8155 W. Flagler St., Miami
Peterson's Harley Davidson will host its weekly rally from 6 to 10 p.m. The showroom will remain open for shopping and restroom breaks. Trucks serving tonight will be Clarabelle's Cupcakes, Esther's Caribbean Grill, Mr. Goodstuff, Tango Grill, and Yellow Submarine. 19825 S. Dixie Hwy., Cutler Bay
Totally Truckin' Thursdays continues to serve midtown Miami from 6 to 10 p.m at 48th Street and Biscayne Boulevard (behind Publix). Dolci Peccati Gelato, the MexZican Gourmet, the Red Koi, Grillmaster Café, and Sugar Yummy Mama will be on hand. 48th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, Miami