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Palma’s Latin Food opens in Joliet: ‘We use family recipes’

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JOLIET, IL — Several people in the Joliet area were saddened when Armando Malave and his wife Teresa closed their Venezuelan-style restaurant in downtown Joliet in March. Chevere Latin Cafe after five years of business.

But the old cafe doesn’t sit empty at 81 North Chicago St. in Joliet’s Van Buren Plaza across from the Rialto Square Theater. Felix Palma is open Palma’s Latin food in place.

One of the biggest complaints about Chevere Latin Cafe was the fact that it wasn’t open on weekends and nights.

Palma’s Latin Food is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 8pm. It is closed on Mondays. The restaurant phone number for Palma’s is 779-206-2610.

Palma’s Latin Food is now open six days a week in downtown Joliet. John Ferak/Patch

“We specialize in empanadas, arepas, and patacones, and we also offer burgers, coffee, paella, and more,” says Palma’s Latin Cafe website. “We started this business to bring Venezuelan culture and cuisine to our community, and we use family recipes to bring authentic flavors and experiences to our guests.”

Palma’s focuses on dining, takeaway, party rentals, event venues, live music, and vegan options.

In addition to signs of Joliet, Palma’s website lists its clients as coming from the following places: Crest Hill, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, Aurora, Cicero, Lockport, New Lenox, Plainfield, Homer Glen, Shorewood, Channahon, and Montgomery.

The last Google Review came from a woman named Nicole, and she gave the place five stars.

“DELICIOUS! No words, the Tequenos are to die for, and they are HUGE. My husband ordered the beef empanada, and he wanted 3 more. The tostones super fresh… Can’t wait to go back.”

For more information about the new Joliet restaurant, visit the Palma’s Latin Cafe website.

Image via John Ferak/Patch
Image via John Ferak/Patch