For those of you who have been to Fernando's website, you are greated with the picture of a Cuban sandwich and the slogan, "Say hello to my little friend." While in Scarface, it's a reference to a sort of grenade launching machine gun, at Fernando's it was a little Cuban sandwich, that if you ever tried, you would understand why the slogan makes sense. It packed the most powerful punch in all of Lynn's Lunch places. Over the last 24 months, Juan has cooked delicious food yes, but more importantly, he was incredibly involved in the local community, and that was noticed and admired by many, including me. I only wished I worked days in Lynn so I could have been there every single day.
I know Juan, and I know this isn't the last we're going to see of this brilliant chef. I look forward to new projects and hope to still get to taste his delights out at the Lynn events around town. While foot traffic and an incredible maze of one way streets are still our primary issues Downtown, we're making progress on at least one front. The new VNA building will be done soon, more artists lofts will be going in in Central Square and hopefully we'll see the next RCG project underway at 14 Central Ave. Unfortunately for Fernando's it's too little, too late. For Juan's next stop on this journey, the timing will be just right!
|Juan Gonzales at Culturefest, his annual event on Munroe Street|
Juan's message on Facebook read as follows:
Beloved Friends and Clients,
So, I'll say goodbye to my little friend for now (the Cuban, that is), but I'm not saying goodbye to Juan Gonzales and his amazing food. I know the best is yet to come.
|Juan Gonzales at Arts After Hours Back Yard Bash 2010|