The widely known Metropol Restaurant & Bar opened its tenth establishment at the Mall of San Juan on Thursday, Oct. 23. The inauguration and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held with the presence of the chain’s owners, Alex Ravelo, Christian Ravelo and Rey Vega, as well as the governor’s chief of staff, Zoe Laboy.
“This is how we build Puerto Rico, when the private sector joins the public sector in building a better future,” said Laboy.
The restaurant, found on the first floor by the main entrance to the mall, will feature the regular menu that can be found in all ten establishments. Recently, the restaurant group expanded for the first time to the United States, opening its doors at the Dolphin Mall in Miami, owned by Taubman Properties, who also own The Mall of San Juan. Also present at the inauguration was José A. Ayala Bonilla, general manager of The Mall of San Juan.
“It is with utmost pleasure that we announce the opening of Puerto Ricans’ favorite restaurant, Metropol Restaurant and Bar. They will be joining the varied gastronomic and entertainment offerings at The Mall of San Juan,” said Ayala.
“This is a beloved restaurant where people have formed special memories and we love the idea of having them here, not only for the locals that already know them, but also for the tourists that will get to experience authentic Cuban and Puerto Rican food,” Ayala added.
Among the restaurant’s most popular food items are the stuffed cornfish hen, the Can Can pork chop, their sautéed steak in onions and a variety of fresh seafood like grilled mahi mahi, seafood paella and broiled lobster tail. They also have a varied selection of desserts such as chocolate cake, guava or papaya in heavy syrup with cream cheese, cheesecake, vanilla custard and Spanish cream.
Classic tropical and refreshing drinks like piña coladas, margaritas, daiquiris and mojitos, which can be ordered with flavors like coconut and passionfruit, are also on the menu. Their Metropol Punch has Don Q, pineapple, orange and lime juice with a splash of grenadine. Their Cointreupolitan drink is a blend of Cointreu with cranberry juice and a splash of lemon juice.
The 6,500-square-feet establishment’s opening has generated around 65 new jobs. Alex Ravelo, Christian Ravelo and Rey Vega invested around $400,000 into the space, while Taubman invested $600,000.
“We are very enthusiastic about this opening and the development of our brand, which now employs over 650 people. Our compromise with the public is to continue offering a quality product in generous portions, accompanied by excellent service at a reasonable price,” they said.
For now, the proprietors are focused on running their 11 establishments and have no plans for further expansion. At present, Metropol Restaurant and Bar is the largest chain of Puerto Rican food on the island.
The space has a main salon, a private room for meetings and events, a bar area and a terrace. The restaurant will feature the same Monday to Friday $8.99 daily specials, happy hours and competitive prices available at all the other Metropol establishments.
Metropol will open Sunday to Thursday, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. There is free valet parking service for those who visit the restaurants at The Mall of San Juan.