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In Burlington's Old North End, Cuban Kitchen Reopens for Takeout

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Yuris Mora - FILE: MATTHEW THORSEN
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In Burlington, the Old North End's food options continue to diversify. When Yuris Mora opens the Cuban Kitchen from her home at 260 North Street on Thursday, February 28, she'll add traditional Caribbean fare to the neighborhood's takeout menu.

The business represents Mora's second go-round in the Chittenden County food game. In 2012, she dished Santiago-style stews, side dishes and salads to hungry takeout customers from La Cocina Cubana on South Willard Street. She closed that business to focus on mothering her babies.

But now that the kids are older, she's excited to get back to it. "I've been talking about starting the business again for a while," Mora said. The weekly-changing menu, she added, will include finger snacks such as twice-fried tostones rellenos — stuffed green plantains — and stewy entrées such as ropa vieja (shredded beef stew) and vegetarian eggplant berenjena. Side dishes will include classic Cuban rice and beans and fried maduros (sweet plantains).

With the onset of spring, Mora said, she hopes to make regular appearances at farmers markets and sell packaged meals through locally owned grocers and other retail outlets. For now, she's starting slow, offering call-ahead take-out dinners Thursday through Saturday and catering events.

The original print version of this article was headlined "La Cocina Viva"

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