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The Latin Cafe Concept

Our History
Our Concept
Our Menu

Latin Café 2000 has long been recognized in the community for serving large portions of Cuban-inspired dishes. The restaurants’ signature dishes include the Cuban sandwich, Desayuno Tradicional (traditional Cuban breakfast) and the Palomilla (thin-cut, juicy steak). For the health-conscious, the restaurants also offer the ‘El Cubanito Saludable’ or ‘The Healthy Cuban,’ which presents lower calorie meals. The Brickell location also boats a curated cocktail menu featuring standouts such as the Classic Floridita Daiquiri, prepared with Havana Club, lime juice, cane sugar and a dash of Maraschino Liquor; the Malecon Mule prepared with Havana Club, guava nectar, fresh lime and topped with ginger beer; the Watermelon Mojito with Bacardi Superior Rum, fresh mint and house-made watermelon juice; and the Café con Leche cocktail. 

In 1998, a unique market niche for a fusion between Latin cuisine and Miami culture was envisioned. The number “2000” that you see at the end of our name, signified a new era of Latin Cafeterias. We loved the all of the small Cuban cafeterias that were scattered throughout Miami and we wanted to develop something similar, just a little bit bigger and better. We have also always believed that everyone deserves good, high quality, food, at reasonable prices and a friendly warm greeting every time they walk through our doors. We succeeded in creating an authentic eating experience, by offering everyone a taste of our Culture. . . a little Taste of Cuba ™ Because of it’s authentic meals, distinct look, and enhanced quality of products and service, the concept was an immediate success.

We were so excited by the success of our first location, on LeJeune, that we opened up two additional locations in Hialeah and Biscayne, shortly thereafter. Now that we had created an environment that fused where we came from, with the vibrant city that we now call home, we were ready to evolve our concept into what we hoped could bring a fully immersive Cuban experience to Miami. After months of research, we took inspiration from Cuban architectucture, colors, and decor and came up with a fresh and modern tropical look that we feel embodies the spirit of Cuba. The most recent concept boasts Cuba’s rich colors and unique architecture, along with the same flavorful cuisine that you’ve grown to love. Inside, the decor includes period inspired furniture, retro-inspired barstools and channel back booths, a Cuban tile wall-art installation, and polished brass accents throughout. Topping the space off, is a massive tropical living wall that creates an oasis right in the heart of Brickell.

We are excited to see how our concept continues to evolve and look forward to exceptionally serving all of our customers.

In 1998, the vision was to create a unique market niche for an upscale restaurant featuring Latin-American cuisine. We succeeded in obtaining board market appeal and strong repeat patronage by serving high quality food at very reasonable prices in a pleasant, upscale environment with a distinct look and enhanced quality of products and service. Today, we are proud to be Miami’s leading restaurant franchise offering the best Cuban fare in an exciting, tropical, and entertaining environment.

  • “I always saw the sign on Brickell Ave where I work but didn’t realize I had to walk through the tunnel back to Miami Ave. I wish I figured it out sooner. BEST CUBAN SANDWICH ever. The have the little window, a few cute waitresses, good food, good pricing. I always went to the location in Edgewater and glad I found another.” – Gringo Musici

  • “Excellent Food! I had the Mahi Mahi which was cooked to perfection and very tasty. The service was very good and prices were reasonable.”

    “Authentic and Delicious. We loved being back in Florida and this place more that satisfied our Cuban cravings. Authentic, plentiful with a fab menu, all we can say is GO!”

    “Scrumptious! Phenomenal meal served by very friendly staff. Cuban gastronomic delights.”

  • Unbelievably delicious double cheese burger and fries!!! Uuuu LA LA!!! Que Rico esta. Soft bun, great and juicy burgers!!! You have to try it!!! Oh… The fries are good too – Theresa N.

    Love the food, nice atmosphere great service. The food came out pretty fast during busy hours lunch time!!! Patio was beautiful and the mojito just on point!!! – Sely J.

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Our Team

Juan Soberon
Chief Operating Officer

Juan has over 36 years of proven experience in restaurant management. He is comfortable in fast-paced, high stress situations requiring attention to detail and follow-through. His demonstrated success in organizing and obtaining maximum results in personnel management will be a great asset to franchisees as they begin to hire and train the local operational teams.

 

 

 

Angel Riguera
Executive Chef

Angel Riguera has been a part of Latin Cafe 2000 for over a decade, bringing his invaluable knowledge from 40 years in the industry. Angel embodies a unique blend of creative flair and passion for delicious food, strong business sense, and a passion for grooming up-and-coming cooks. Some of his career highlights include conducting private services for Generalissimo Franco, George Bush, and Frank Sinatra. At Latin Cafe, he oversees all kitchen and food operations for all locations including spearheading new dishes, personally inspecting all incoming food items, and curating the wine list and comprehensive menus. Angel is passionate about streamlining all kitchen operations and establishing the consistency guests have come to expect from any Latin Cafe 2000 location.

Luis Arteta
Executive Assistant / Office Manager

Luis Arteta has been an integral part of Latin Cafe 2000 for more than a decade, daily demonstrating a passion for developing employees and ensuring customers have a flawless experience. At Latin Cafe, he is responsible for monitoring daily operations, enforcing health safety regulations, maintaining vendor relationships, and coordinating employees. Luis strives to make his team as collaborative and efficient as possible, all while exceeding guests expectations.

 

 

Doug Morgadanes
HR / Training Manager

Doug Morgadanes is an experienced hospitality professional passionate about team management and collaboration in the restaurant industry. With vast experience in the hotel and fast casual segments, he brings comprehensive knowledge regarding employee management, food safety, and customer experience to the Latin Cafe 2000 team.

 

 

 

Financials

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has specific franchise rules that permit a franchisor to provide information about the actual or potential financial performance of its franchised and/or affiliated outlets if there is reasonable basis for the information and the information is included in the FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document). Financial performance information is provided in the ITEM 19 and represents possible performance based on the dates and figures below.

As of December 2014, we had two (2) affiliate locations open and operating for at least 12 months.

Gross profit is calculated solely by subtracting the total Cost of Good and Cost of Labor from the Total Sales. Gross profit is before any other costs and expenses of operating a Latin Cafe Restaurant Franchise.

LocationSalesCost of Goods%Cost of Labor%Gross Profit
Le Jeune$4,783,747$1,689,96635.3%$1,569,13132%$1,524,652
Hialeah$2,738,516$1,066,51638.9%$1,016,00337.1%$656,479

Figures reflect results of two Latin Cafe 2000 restaurants operating in 2014 that have been opened for at least 12 months. These average are based on a 52 week annual period from January 1 – December 31. A new franchise owner’s results may differ from the represented performance. There is no assurance you’ll do this well. If you rely upon our figures, you must accept the risk of not doing as well.

The above represents full service Latin Cafe 2000 restaurants. We do not represent the Express Model in any of the data provided in our FDD.

Franchisee Support

Support and training are an integral part of our franchise system. Our initial training will last approximately 6 weeks (there is a lot to learn) and will be conducted in one of our company-owned locations in Miami, Florida.

INITIAL FRANCHISE TRAINING
The initial training occurs 75 days prior to the opening of your restaurant. In addition to your attendance, we request that you bring your general manager, kitchen manager and up to two (2) additional employees to complete our initial training program. In addition, two of our representatives will be at your site for up to seven (7) days, in coordination with the opening of your restaurant. If you need to bring additional team members, please let us know as we accommodate as many as necessary to ensure you are well prepared prior to your opening.
Your training program is intensive and covers front-of-house to back-of-house operations, including:

• Recipes and Food-Prep Procedures
• Quality and Service Standards
• Inventory Procedures
• Equipment and Safety
• Brand Compliance
• Food Safety
• Sanitation and Health Code Compliance
• Best Hiring Practices

ON-GOING MARKETING SUPPORT
Once you open your Latin Cafe location our team will be contact with you on a regular basis, but we are only a phone call away if you need us. One of the benefits of being part of our system is that we have built a brand and marketing strategy that works. We handle the development of your local website that will be part of our main domain and all marketing collateral that you will use on a day-to-day basis, including your digital marketing, social care and social media presence.
Here are a few of the marketing services that we provide for our franchisees:

• Local Website Design and Maintenance
• Social Media Design and Monitoring
• SEO of the Latin Cafe Main URL
• SEO of Your Local Page Within Our Domain
• Periodic Facebook Boosted Posts
• Setup and Monitoring of All Online Listings
• Design of All POS Material
• Access to Our Marketing Team For Local Banners and Advertisement
• Disbursement of All Specials Via Social Media Channels and Website
• Press Releases on Newsworthy Items From Your Community

OPERATIONAL SUPPORT
We have a philosophy that dictates our company culture at the Latin Cafe Our belief is that on-going field support should be focused on education and training and not auditing and policing. Our field visits will be to help you solve any issues and provide feedback on improving your operation. We also understand that we should obsess over your bottom line. Our financial reporting and benchmarking helps you make money—and we know that is important to you.
We will also be very involved in the managing the supply chain. Our focus is to help you save money by ensuring that all of our strategic partners understand that objective. If we have to squeeze a vendor to ensure that you are getting the best pricing— we will!

Support and training are an integral part of our franchise system. Our initial training will last approximately 6 weeks (there is a lot to learn) and will be conducted in one of our company-owned locations in Miami, Florida.

INITIAL FRANCHISE TRAINING
The initial training occurs 75 days prior to the opening of your restaurant. In addition to your attendance, we request that you bring your general manager, kitchen manager and up to two (2) additional employees to complete our initial training program. In addition, two of our representatives will be at your site for up to seven (7) days, in coordination with the opening of your restaurant. If you need to bring additional team members, please let us know as we accommodate as many as necessary to ensure you are well prepared prior to your opening.
Your training program is intensive and covers front-of-house to back-of-house operations, including:

• Recipes and Food-Prep Procedures
• Quality and Service Standards
• Inventory Procedures
• Equipment and Safety
• Brand Compliance
• Food Safety
• Sanitation and Health Code Compliance
• Best Hiring Practices

ON-GOING MARKETING SUPPORT
Once you open your Latin Cafe location our team will be contact with you on a regular basis, but we are only a phone call away if you need us. One of the benefits of being part of our system is that we have built a brand and marketing strategy that works. We handle the development of your local website that will be part of our main domain and all marketing collateral that you will use on a day-to-day basis, including your digital marketing, social care and social media presence.
Here are a few of the marketing services that we provide for our franchisees:

• Local Website Design and Maintenance
• Social Media Design and Monitoring
• SEO of the Latin Cafe Main URL
• SEO of Your Local Page Within Our Domain
• Periodic Facebook Boosted Posts
• Setup and Monitoring of All Online Listings
• Design of All POS Material
• Access to Our Marketing Team For Local Banners and Advertisement
• Disbursement of All Specials Via Social Media Channels and Website
• Press Releases on Newsworthy Items From Your Community

OPERATIONAL SUPPORT
We have a philosophy that dictates our company culture at the Latin Cafe Our belief is that on-going field support should be focused on education and training and not auditing and policing. Our field visits will be to help you solve any issues and provide feedback on improving your operation. We also understand that we should obsess over your bottom line. Our financial reporting and benchmarking helps you make money—and we know that is important to you.
We will also be very involved in the managing the supply chain. Our focus is to help you save money by ensuring that all of our strategic partners understand that objective. If we have to squeeze a vendor to ensure that you are getting the best pricing— we will!

How Much Does It Cost To Open a Latin Cafe?

The following tables represent your estimated initial investment to open a 2,800-4,000 Sq. Ft. Full-Service Latin Cafe 2000 and a 1,200 – 1,800 Sq. Ft. Latin Cafe 2000 Express Restaurant. For a detailed description of each expenditure please refer to the most recent FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)

Full Service Latin Cafe

DescriptionLow InvestmentHigh Investment
Franchise Fee$35,000$35,000
Leasehold Improvements$175,000$300,000
Lease Payments (3 Months)$28,000$40,000
Equipment & Furnishings$50,400$180,000
Signage$8,000$12,000
Initial Inventory$13,500$16,000
Point of Sale System$2,500$30,000
Training Related Expenses$500$4,000
Grand Opening$5,000$7,500
Miscellaneus*$26,833$75,666
Additional Funds (3 Months)$35,000$60,000
TOTAL$379,733$760,166

*Security Deposits, Blueprints & Plans, Insurance, Licenses & Permits, Professional Fees

Full Service Latin Cafe

DescriptionLow InvestmentHigh Investment
Franchise Fee$35,000$35,000
Leasehold Improvements$175,000$300,000
Lease Payments (3 Months)$28,000$40,000
Equipment & Furnishings$50,400$180,000
Signage$8,000$12,000
Initial Inventory$13,500$16,000
Point of Sale System$2,500$30,000
Training Related Expenses$500$4,000
Grand Opening$5,000$7,500
Miscellaneus*$26,833$75,666
Additional Funds (3 Months)$35,000$60,000
TOTAL$379,733$760,166

*Security Deposits, Blueprints & Plans, Insurance, Licenses & Permits, Professional Fees

Full Service Latin Cafe

DescriptionLow InvestmentHigh Investment
Franchise Fee$35,000$35,000
Leasehold Improvements$175,000$300,000
Lease Payments (3 Months)$28,000$40,000
Equipment & Furnishings$50,400$180,000
Signage$8,000$12,000
Initial Inventory$13,500$16,000
Point of Sale System$2,500$30,000
Training Related Expenses$500$4,000
Grand Opening$5,000$7,500
Miscellaneus*$26,833$75,666
Additional Funds (3 Months)$35,000$60,000
TOTAL$379,733$760,166

*Security Deposits, Blueprints & Plans, Insurance, Licenses & Permits, Professional Fees

Steps to ownership

Steps 1-3
Steps 4-6

STEP 1
HAVE AN INITIAL CONVERSATION with our Franchise Sales Director to discuss your background, territory availability and the financial qualifications necessary to own a Latin Cafe 2000 franchise.

STEP 2
COMPLETE THE LGA (Let’s Get Acquainted Form) on our website, www.latincafefranchise.com. Our Franchise Sales Director and Franchise President will review your form within a few days of submission. Next, our Franchise Sales Director will call you to discuss the opportunity in more detail.

STEP 3
Once we have reviewed your LGA Form and had our initial discussion on your financial and business background, we will send you the FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document) and a link to complete our Financial Application.

STEP 1
HAVE AN INITIAL CONVERSATION with our Franchise Sales Director to discuss your background, territory availability and the financial qualifications necessary to own a Latin Cafe 2000 franchise.

STEP 2
COMPLETE THE LGA (Let’s Get Acquainted Form) on our website, www.latincafefranchise.com. Our Franchise Sales Director and Franchise President will review your form within a few days of submission. Next, our Franchise Sales Director will call you to discuss the opportunity in more detail.

STEP 3
Once we have reviewed your LGA Form and had our initial discussion on your financial and business background, we will send you the FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document) and a link to complete our Financial Application.

Opportunities Await!

We are passionate about creating food and an atmosphere that evokes the traditional flavors of Cuba. The popularity of Latin Cafe 2000 tells us there are plenty of others who feel the same. We’re looking for select individuals to help us bring that passion to more communities. Take the first step now and learn more about the Latin Cafe 2000 Franchise Opportunity!

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*The following does not constitute the offer of a franchise to residents of California, Hawaii, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin (the “Registration States”). The following is not directed to any person in the Registration States by or on behalf of Franchisor, or anyone acting with the knowledge of Franchisor. No franchises are sold in the Registration States, by or on behalf of Franchisor, until the offering has been registered and declared effective and the appropriate Registration State

FDD has been delivered to the offeree before the sale and in compliance with the franchise laws of the respective Registration States.