By Don Nelson
Rey Emmanuel, a new restaurant featuring Mexican and Cuban cuisine, opened this week in Twisp.
The restaurant, on West Second Avenue just off of Highway 20, is a joint venture of Raymundo Miranda, who has lived in the valley for more than 20 years, and Manuel Lopez.
The building’s most recent occupant was a Thai restaurant, so the basic kitchen equipment was already in place, along with tables and chairs to seat about 20 people in three separate areas. Miranda said that outside seating in a courtyard behind the building will also be available, weather permitting.
It’s a family business, Miranda said. His wife, Gloria, will also be involved in operating the restaurant, as will Lopez’ wife, Reyna. The Rey Emmanuel logo and sign were designed by the Mirandas’ daughter Yadira, a 2010 graduate of Liberty Bell High School.
Miranda has previously worked at other restaurants in the valley including Sun Mountain Lodge, Three Fingered Jack’s and Old Schoolhouse Brewery. This is his first independent business venture, he said.
“This [opportunity] came like something magic,” Miranda said. “God has opened this door for us.”
The menu will feature a variety of Mexican and Cuban dishes include vegetarian plates, Miranda said. Some of the Cuban dishes will include berenjena (eggplant), fricase de pollo (chicken stew), tostones con carne (fried plantains with ground beef, melted cheese and salsa made on-site), potaje de frijol (bean soup), and chilaquiles (something like huevos rancheros). Other items include fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, carnitas, salads and a spicy chipotle hamburger. And yes, there will be a Cuban sandwich.
Rey Emmanuel is at 109 W. Second Ave. Hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. The phone number is 997-0252.