"I need help. We need help", Julio, the Head Chef and co-owner of El Cantito Café exclaimed.
Opened in March of 2020 with recipes inspired by their late Mother and Grandmother, Julio and sister/co-owner Debbie had high hopes. El Cantito was set to become one of the premier Puerto Rican restaurants in Yonkers. The pandemic put the brakes on the new restaurant, however, and it was closed as quickly as it opened. The venue just couldn’t pick up steam after Covid passed, and Julio and Debbie found themselves with an empty restaurant, growing deeper in debt as time passed. It took its toll on Julio, and the quality of food served became uninspired, at best.
In the fall of 2023, Julio got his wish. The restaurant’s plight caught the attention of Gordon Ramsey, and a new episode of Kitchen Nightmares became the best hope for the foundering venue. Forced to face some uncomfortable truths, the duo had a choice to make. Either listen and learn, or sink.
"When I think of the colors, the flavors of Puerto Rico, there is nothing that takes me back to Puerto Rico in here,” Ramsey noted upon entering the establishment. And he was right. That’s where Restaurant Furniture.net came in. Recognizing the need for a complete decor overhaul, our team of experts assessed the situation and offered a solution. Gone would be the unremarkable furnishings, and in their place would come a simple yet stunning interior design worth talking about.
Venice Cane Metal Chair and Resin Table Top
Our Venice Cane Metal Chair, shown below, adds the perfect touch to the space. Constructed with a fully welded metal frame, this chair is both durable and visually appealing. Note how it compliments the new décor, adding a beach feel to the establishment. Crafted with a woven cane wood back, the chair evokes images of vacation and leisure. Featuring an upholstered seat in premium vinyl or fabric, or a wood seat, and a wood back in either black or natural finish, this versatile piece is a fit for a variety of design themes.
Complimenting the chair is our Resin Table Top in Light Marble Finish, shown above. Designed for indoor commercial use, this durable top is made in the USA and is available in multiple sizes. With a thickness of 1 1/8”, this top is made with attention to detail. UV, water, scratch, stain, and heat resistant, it will stand the test of time in the most demanding of environments.
Venice Cane Metal Bar Stool
Note how the addition of a simple bar stool can turn a venue around. Our Venice Cane Metal Bar Stools add just the right touch of tropical paradise to the bar’s feel.
Constructed with a durable fully welded black metal frame, our Venice Cane Metal Bar Stool features a woven cane backrest and the choice of a wood or fabric/vinyl upholstered seat. With a wood back finish in either black or natural color and under seat reinforcement bars, this strong stool is perfect for high-traffic areas, and serves as a comfortable and stylish seating solution for any bar area.
"I can’t even speak, how happy I am right now. How relieved I feel," Julio exclaimed upon seeing the new design. "Our dream was to open a restaurant, all our lives," Debbie remarked. With the help of Kitchen Nightmares and Affordable Seating, Debbie and Julio’s dream is now becoming a reality.
Next time you’re in Yonkers, be sure to check out the new El Cantito. You will be glad you did.
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