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Don Coqui where MacMenamin's Grill was?

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

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

      1. This from White Plains Times:
        http://wptimes.com/menu_movers_and_sh...
        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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        1. re: Jon1856

          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.

          1. re: laylag

            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

        2. So has anybody been to this place yet?

          They posted their menu as a PDF.

          http://www.doncoqui.com/pdfmenu/donco...

          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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          1. re: PlasticMoonRain

            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.

            1. re: lucyis

              Looks like the bankruptcy trustee closed them down last night.

              http://www.lohud.com/article/20090320...

              1. re: winston1

                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.

                1. re: winston1

                  gee, that was quick.