Latin restaurant Jibaro offers Puerto Rican cuisine in Parma

The recently opened restaurant in Parma serves authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, with influences from owner Jean Garcia’s hometown.

PARMA, Ohio – Ponce, Puerto Rico is located on the southern border of the Caribbean island, but a local man is bringing island culture right here to northeast Ohio.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, 3News reporter Kierra Cotton visited Latin restaurant Jibaro in Parma, where they let the food and customers do the talking.

“I had tasted different places and nothing compares to it, so it’s great,” said Yoli Martirado, a customer visiting the restaurant.

The recently opened restaurant in Parma serves authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, with influences from Pone, the owner, Jean Garcia’s hometown.

“It’s important. Like my Ponce culture, I try to bring out the Ponce seasons here,” Garcia said.

Jean and his mother moved to northeast Ohio nearly ten years ago and although their restaurant is new to the area, they are not new to the business.

“Oh, [my] all the life. Everything, we have a front restaurant in Puerto Rico. My whole family,” Garcia said of her experience at the restaurant.

And Garcia and his family aren’t afraid of hard work. Jibaro is open 6 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

But for his clients, Garcia says it’s worth it.

“I love the taste of food,” Martirado said. “It’s like great, like, like real Puerto Rican flavor,” she explained.

The flavor that Jean is convinced of cannot be recreated anywhere else.

Overall, Garcia’s goal is for everyone to experience a little piece of Ponce in Parma.

For more information on Jibaro Latin Restaurant or to drop by and order, click here.

*Editor’s note: The video in the player above is from an unrelated previous report.

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