On July 3rd, a new restaurant at a familiar location made its debut in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx. "Siete Ocho Siete" or 787, which until recently was located in New Rochelle, held its grand opening at 3363 East tremont with an all-white dress party. Named after the area code in Puerto Rico, the restaurant styles a contemporary and festive caribbean island decor, with a menu of Latin-Caribbean dishes inspired from the island.
Blending tradition with modern approach in a tropical and vibrant atmosphere, “Siete Ocho Siete” was founded and created by restaurateur Lucas Lucido, who partnered with Jackie & John Villanueva, former restaurateurs of Thirty3 Sixty3 Steakhouse.
The official launch of the restaurant drew a standing room only crowd, with nearly 100 people packed into every corner of the bar and restaurant. The vast majority of the participants did show up in white, with many of the men appearing in traditional Puerto Rican dress shirts with elaborate stitching known as guayaberas, and women in white flowing dresses. In addition to the delicious menu and Salsa music, the owners reached out to and set up a cigar vendor to provide fine quality cigars to patrons outside of the restaurant.
Newly minted boxing champ Edgar Santana, a junior welterweight for the North American Boxing Association, also made his appearance at the restaurant, showing off his belt to the cheering crowd.
With a touch of the caribbean food, nuyorican flair, and a sense of nostalgia for the golden age of Salsa and Latin Jazz, Siete Ocho Siete is sure to be a hit for the summer and beyond.