SINKING SPRING, Pa. — A brand new Latin fusion restaurant has opened within the constructing that previously housed the favored The Tomcat Café in Sinking Spring.
Origen Latin Fusion opened about two months in the past within the constructing at 3998 Penn Ave.
Whereas its menu is a fusion of Latin influences, its biggest focus is Dominican, the heritage of householders Jannette Marmolejos and her sister, Grace Diaz.
“It is primarily to present folks an opportunity to find our meals and intensify our tradition, which is a wonderful tradition,” Marmolejos mentioned.
She mentioned she had no restaurant expertise, however moved along with her daughters, ages 13 and 16, from New York to Wyomissing 4 years in the past to be close to her mom in West Garden, and he or she rapidly noticed the necessity for a Dominican eatery.
“There was no Dominican restaurant” west of Studying, and “no actual Mexican meals,” she mentioned. “There’s a big Dominican neighborhood in Studying, however they do not get to expertise our meals. It is so scrumptious.”
When house owners of The Tomcat, which packed in hungry clients, introduced in December 2019 that the restaurant was up on the market, Marmolejos mentioned she additionally noticed the chance.
She mentioned she referred to as her sister, who runs a Dominican fast-food restaurant in New York, and requested her to speculate along with her.
“Two years later, it has develop into a actuality,” she mentioned.
The restaurant has saved The Tomcat’s format, however the inside affords “a totally completely different expertise,” Marmolejos mentioned. They stripped the within, added lighting, modified the feel of the partitions and flooring, and added extra coloration and completely different decorations.
“We wished to coach folks about our meals,” Marmolejos mentioned.
Due to the melting pot of Latin cultures within the space, she mentioned, they incorporate different influences within the menu, however intensify the Caribbean aspect of Dominican meals.
Marmolejos mentioned Origen Latin Fusion “would not be doable” with out Chef Victor Almanzar, whom she mentioned got here from New York to run the kitchen.
“When he first got here to have a look at the place… I defined to him that this might be a murals,” Marmolejos mentioned, “and he had made it occur.”
Marmolejos mentioned the restaurant’s signature dish is its mofongo-fried mashed right into a ball and with a bit of garlic sauce and full of a alternative of pork stomach, rooster or shrimp. The home mofongo, a chef particular, is full of pork stomach, shrimp and Dominican sausage in a creamy pink sauce.
The menu additionally consists of Spanish-style steak and onions, salmon and grilled rooster breast.
Origen additionally lately started serving breakfast, which was an enormous a part of The Tomcat’s enchantment. The breakfast menu is small, but in addition affords fusion choice, together with mashed plantains with fried cheese, fried salami and fried eggs, with pickles and onions on high.
Different breakfast gadgets embrace eggs benedict, a spinach omelet and a Cuban sandwich that Marmolejos mentioned they’ve gotten a whole lot of compliments on.
Origen Latin Fusion is open from 8 a.m. till 10 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. It’s closed Tuesdays.