About Us

People Enjoying Cafe in our Walk Up Window
In 1974 the Coro family began their American dream opening a small Cuban family-style restaurant in what is now the heart of Calle 8 (Miami’s 8th street). Heliodoro Coro, with his passion, created a steady stream of patrons with his home style menu. Over the years he became a well-known figure in the area and expanded the restaurant to accommodate the growing number of customers who enjoyed their experience. It was this dedication and attention to customer service that lead him to increase seating from 20 to the 100 it is today. Working tirelessly Mr. Coro’s restaurant became a staple in the area providing food for the everyday local whose draw was the quality and pricing it provided

  

It was to no surprise that in 1992 Mr. Coro pursued this drive with the purchase of El Pub, just a short distance away, to expand on his success. In his absence Mr. Coro then left his nephew, Juan Coro, in charge of El Exquisito’s day to day operations. In what seemed to be overnight Mr. Coro and his lifelong friend/ business partner Mr. Gregorio Rivera created a thriving customer base for this new venture proving that hard work and a commitment to service would yet again create a meeting place where people’s hearts and stomachs are filled. This helped pave the way for Little Havana to create a diverse selection of Cuban eatery’s with its increasing numbers of Cuban exiles and inquisitive tourists.

In the beginning of 2012 the Coro Family decided it could no longer maintain the integrity needed to sustain two established restaurants in the area. El Exquisito was in need of a facelift. With its internal and external issues mounting, there were few alternatives left for this landmark. Seeing as how dire the situation was two long standing patrons with entrepreneurial drive decided to give it a shot. Diderico Daly and Alexander Hernandez took the surmountable task of revamping a restaurant with over 38 years of business. They began a restructuring process from the ground up with an emphasis on quality and service as it’s backbone. Their commitment to the customers is simple, "if it’s not good for us it’s not good for them”. Currently Mr. Daly has stepped down from the day to day operations to enjoy more time with his family while in retirement.

 

Miami is a city with great Cuban heritage, and it would be a shame not to fight for this beautiful gem it has created.