The people behind Lokal, Kush by LoKal, The Spillover, Vicky’s House and now Stephen’s Deli are doing it yet again! As they continue the legacy of reopening Florida’s oldest deli, Matt “Kush” Kuscher and Kush Hospitality Group pay tribute to Hialeah’s roots by connecting the institution to Hialeah’s first cocktail bar, La Cocina Coctelería, paying homage to the city, its deep history and culture.
As Hialeah’s first cocktail bar, they’ll be slinging creative cocktails to show the rest of Dade County that Hialeah is a legit place to hang. Matt Kuscher and Beverage Director Joel Garcia collaborated with some of South Florida’s leading cocktail connoisseurs such as Gabriel Urrutia, Ben Potts and Giovanny Gutierrez who each crafted a cocktail for the eclectic menu along with 7 other notable names. Their full liquor bar includes a cocktails featuring an ode to classic Cawy Soda which first came to Hialeah from Cuba such as their Piñaso made with Jupiña, Tito’s Vodka and Lime or the Leeeeterally Lucy Lopez made with Havana Club Rum, St. Germain and CAWY Watermelon Soda. Bar bites include Reuben Croquetas, Pastrami Nachos, Jewban Sandwiches, drawing from Stephen’s Deli’s shared kitchen under Chef Leo Osorio, a long-time Hialeah resident alongside Stephen’s Deli / La Cocina General Manager and wife Alexis Osorio, who has worked with Matt Kuscher since his days as a General Manager at Houston’s before launching LoKal, his first venture.
The new Hialeah hot-spot will play familiar songs that everyone can jam to; everything from rock to latin and 90s hip-hop. It will be the newest addition to the thriving community neighboring Miami’s hub of thrift stop shops in the Flamingo Plaza, Unbranded Brewing Co. (opening this fall in The Leah Arts District), La Fresa Francesa French Bistro, Tio Colo Hialeah (who will also be served at La Cocina) and a resurgence of cultural programming by The Leah Arts District, an area that was co-founded by Hialeah-born and raised JennyLee Molina, Kush Hospitality’s long-time marketing consultant and publicist since opening Kush Wynwood in 2014.
Hours of operation for La Cocina Coctelería will be Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday, it will be open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Sundays 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.