Backyard Cuban Cuisine coming to Pawhuska

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Lily Eagle Elk is helping Sergio Garcia prepare the outside of her new business. Backyard Cuban Cuisine is expected to open around the first of April.

In less than a week, Pawhuska will have a new café in town.

Lily Eagle Elk is opening the Backyard Cuban Cuisine in the heart of downtown Pawhuska at 205 East Main. She explained Cuban food is similar to country food and will include steaks and burgers.

“Our menu will feature American food with a twist,” explains Eagle Elk. “There will be ox tail, rice ‘n beans, sweet plantains, and pork chops. We also will serve a traditional Cuban dish called “Ropa Viejas” which is shredded beef cooked with onions and Cuban spices. In addition, breakfast will be available throughout the day.”

Eagle Elk, daughter of Stacey Eagle Elk, said she moved to Miami, Fla., about a year ago and met Sergio Garcia, her Cuban boyfriend. The couple originally planned to open a restaurant in Florida.

“It was very difficult since there is every kind of business you can think of there,” explains Eagle Elk. “Last Christmas I brought Sergio to Pawhuska to meet my family. He fell in love with the land and people. One morning Sergio noticed the old Midway Cafe was for sale. When he asked if I would like to move home and open a restaurant, I said okay.”

Sergio’s mother, Odessa Gonzalez is also moving to Pawhuska from Florida. She and Sergio will handle food preparation. Eagle Elk will manage the front.

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