Marina's Bistro and Rum Bar (4554 N Magnolia Ave) is a new restaurant that is bringing the flavors of Puerto Rico to the Uptown District. Owner and chef Eric Roldan, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, has created a menu that highlights Puerto Rican cuisine, incorporating sustainable and locally sourced ingredients.
Marina's Bistro's menu features Puerto Rican dishes, including Mofongos, Arroz con Gondules, and Tostones, alongside a selection of handcrafted cocktails. As Eric explains, "At Marina's Bistro and Rum Bar, we believe that great food and great drinks go hand in hand. Our dishes and cocktails are designed to provide a taste of Puerto Rico that will leave you wanting more."
Eric's culinary journey began at a young age, inspired by his grandmother's recipes. After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, he returned to his hometown of Chicago and started his business as a ghost kitchen, offering Latin fusion cuisine. With Marina's Bistro, Eric is continuing to showcase the unifying force of food and honor his mother's memory.
"I am thrilled to share my passion for Puerto Rican cuisine with the community," says Eric. "Marina's Bistro and Rum Bar is a celebration of my family's traditions and recipes, and I am excited to welcome diners to our restaurant."