La Playa promises to offer dining with a Caribbean twist

Published: Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 05:01 PM.

However, since Morris had never owned a restaurant, he laughs now as he recalls thinking the day after purchasing, "My God, I bought a restaurant; what have I done?"

But the purchase gave him the project he searched for, and it was something he and his sons could be involved with together.

Morris estimates he sank $75,000 into upgrades and refurbishing Tango after the purchase. The only things he didn't change were the chef and the menu. Keith Goodson has been the executive chef at Café Tango for 11 years, and Morris saw no reason to mess with what was working well.

"We always wanted to have three businesses, though," said Morris.

So, when he heard of the opening at the prime corner of 30A and 393, he jumped at it.

"That is one of the best locations on 30A, and with the Naked Grape vacant, I thought that combining the two spaces was too good to pass up and it will complement Tango perfectly," said Morris.

When Morris and sons open the new restaurant in the spring, it will open under the name La Playa (Spanish for the beach) and will feature the Latino-Cuban-Caribbean-style foods he loves, as well as Cuban, prepared by his son, Patrick. Morris said he is not sure what their signature dish will be there as they will let their customers decide.



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