Casa Coquí is a unique restaurant concept serving vegan Puerto Rican cuisine at POP-UP events (join the VIP LIST to get your invite) and FESTIVALS throughout Southern California. We’re on a mission to open a fast-casual, counter service restaurant (or two, or three, or four…) offering our cruelty-free, deliciously healthy alternative to traditional Latin fare. Read more about the HEALTH BENEFITS OF PLANT BASED FOODS.
Casa Coquí is founded by Jeshanah NaraBemi, a vegana of Puerto Rican descent who was born and raised in Southern California. Her journey to veganism began several years ago when her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. That news compelled her to get educated about prevention and she discovered study after study suggesting a link between cancer and dairy products. Documentaries like Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, Food Matters, Forks Over Knives, and Vegucated also made a great impact and propelled her transition to a vegan lifestyle.
Jeshanah’s enthusiasm for the vegan movement led her to become an Organizer of the Inland Empire Vegan Meetup, launching the group’s wildly successful Vegan Potluck Supper Club. These events allowed for people to taste and fall in love with her veganized Puerto Rican dishes. Inspired by the positive response, her desire to feed this burgeoning compassionate community and honor her Puerto Rican roots, Jeshanah decided to take it to the next level. In 2014 she began to develop the menu for Casa Coquí.
JOURNEY TO OPENING OUR FIRST LOCATION
Casa Coquí is steadily building a solid customer base in Southern California. We launched our brand in the fall of 2015 with our first POP-UP event. In 2016 we plan to expand our audience through select food and cultural FESTIVALS. Our goal is to introduce Puerto Rican cuisine to 1 million West Coast vegans and we want you to be one of them! You can track our progress and help us spread the word by following us on the social media sites listed below. Please share us with your friends! The more demand we get for our restaurant concept, the sooner we can open our doors to the communities that need us most.