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Don Coqui where MacMenamin's Grill was?

Jim P Feb 8, 2009 09:58 AM

I passed MacMenamin's in New Rochelle while on 95 the other evening and it's now something else, It's call Don Coqui. After searching it, it's seems to be a partnership between Brian MacMenamin and Jimmy Rodriguez featuring Caribbean {Puerto Rican) food.

Jimmy has a long history in the city starting with Jimmy's Bronx Cafe and up to recently Sofrito's on 72nd street in Manhattan.

Very interested in this partnership has anyone tried it yet?

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    lucyis RE: Epprecht Feb 14, 2009 07:55 AM

    What did they do with the area that was the shop and demonstration/classroom?

    1. Marge RE: Jim P Feb 17, 2009 03:17 PM

      They are on opentable.com...no website yet.

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        Jon1856 RE: Jim P Feb 28, 2009 04:25 PM

        This from White Plains Times:
        Don Coqui @ ChefWorks
        115 Cedar St., New Rochelle
        632-4900 • http://doncoqui.com/
        Brian MacMenamin, chef/proprietor of what was called MacMenamin’s Grill @ ChefWorks just off Rt. 95 at exit 16 in New Rochelle, has teamed with nightlife entrepreneur and host Jimmy Rodriquez, owner of Sofrito in Manhattan. MacMenamin’s Grill has morphed into Don Coqui, “a short cut to Puerto Rico,” with a compelling menu of authentic Puerto Rican-Latino-Caribbean specialties. I’ve enjoyed their empanada sampler stuffed with choice of shrimp, chicken, beef or vegetables; crispy plantains topped with shrimp, steak, pork and baccalao; a soup of chicken, beef, oxtail with Caribbean roots and vegetables, Sancocho; a hearty big bowl of Paella loaded with lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, chicken and chorizo; and big Lamb Shanks Osso Buco served with Risotto Milanese & gremoulata. Their coconut flan is a knockout. MacMenamin weighs in with some of his popular specialties as well, such as thin-crusted margherita pizza with Buffalo mozzarella and big hefty steaks. Open seven days for dinner only starting at 4 p.m.; Sunday brunch served 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Full bar/lounge. There is music and DJ entertainment nightly.

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          laylag RE: Jon1856 Mar 1, 2009 07:53 AM

          Jon, FYI - the articles on restaurants in the White Plains Times are not reviews. They are quid pro quo promotion for restaurants that advertise with them.

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            Jon1856 RE: laylag Mar 1, 2009 01:58 PM

            Thanks-I wondered about them and thought as much. I generaly use what I see there as a FYI/information thing. And that is how I meant to post it. Which is one of the reasons I included link.
            In 20/20 perhaps I shoud have added "FYI" or some other conditions to it....;.>D

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          PlasticMoonRain RE: Jim P Mar 13, 2009 02:41 PM

          So has anybody been to this place yet?

          They posted their menu as a PDF.


          Starters range from $6 to $15, with the average being about $10 - $11.

          Main courses go from $14 - $22, with the average around $19.

          An interesting note on the menu says: "Due to our limited seating, tables are available for dinner service only. Therefore, a time limit may be applied at management's discretion."

          I'm wondering if in this economy, those menu prices are do-able for Caribbean food.

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            lucyis RE: PlasticMoonRain Mar 14, 2009 06:30 AM

            Check out today's local Westchester news re: this restaurant's severe problems. Doesn't look good for this place.

            NEW ROCHELLE - Don Coqui Restaurant, the former MacMenamin's Grill, is being run by a trustee after allegations that management bounced 50 checks, set up an account it did not disclose to creditors in its bankruptcy case and failed to file required financial statements.

            U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Adlai S. Hardin appointed Robert L. Geltzer, a New York City lawyer, to oversee the operation of the restaurant, whose business suffered as the recession worsened last year. The restaurant also suffered from its inability to get the state to issue a permit to operate a cooking school.

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              winston1 RE: lucyis Mar 20, 2009 01:56 PM

              Looks like the bankruptcy trustee closed them down last night.


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                Avalondaughter RE: winston1 Mar 20, 2009 02:06 PM

                Just a few days ago they were sending out cooking school ads via email. I didn't even know the cooking school was still open.

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                  RawTunaFan RE: winston1 Mar 21, 2009 10:35 AM

                  gee, that was quick.

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