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Colombian restaurant brings South America to the Big Easy

Colombian restaurant brings South America to the Big Easy
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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — There are many local restaurants in Central City where you can grab a quick bite. Whatever you crave, you are sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds.

On the corner of Carondelet and Clio Street there is one restaurant where you can taste authentic Colombian cuisine. David Mantilla, the owner of the restaurant named Corn Arepassaid he wanted to bring a piece of where he comes from to his new home in Louisiana.

He grew up in Cali, Colombia and always had big dreams. When he was younger, he always thought he would become a doctor in his hometown. As he got older, he decided in high school that he wanted to have a better life in America. “I moved to the US in 1999, that was a long time ago. I had family living in Miami and I moved to the country for a better quality of life,” Mantilla said.

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While it was hard for him to leave friends and family in Colombia, he said he felt it was something he should do. He packed his bags and moved to Miami. After living in various places in the US, he found New Orleans.

Mantilla said he fell in love with the city and knew he could call it home. It wasn’t until after Hurricane Katrina that he found his passion for food and serving the community. “Deep down, I’ve always wanted to convey what the essence of Colombian cuisine is,” says Mantilla.

He wanted to share something that every Colombian loves to eat, which is the arepa. An arepa is described as similar to stuffed cornmeal cakes.

“It’s a staple of the restaurant, it’s something I’ve been eating since I was little since I was born. It’s something every household in Colombia is used to eating every day.” He hopes every household in New Orleans gets the chance to try them.

Anyone interested in trying them, or other Colombian dishes, can visit from Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm or on Sundays from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

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