Lunch with The Sweet Spot Media at Tropical Picken Chicken

Are you missing a date night out or a quick lunch break at your favorite eatery? You are not alone, dining out is not the same anymore since the world has been dealing with a global health crisis. Going out to dinner or for lunch with a friend was normally presumed a safe thing to do but now must be done with caution as everything else when in out in the public. 

Small businesses in the restaurant industry have been hit hard financially, some of which have led the long list of establishments that have closed down permanently. Tropical Picken Chicken has avoided that to happen and has continued to be in business for eight years. Its original store is in Wake Forest, North Carolina at a standstill for renovations. There has been a decrease in weekly profits by $15,000 not allowing any room for extra expenses or payouts.

Three years ago, it was bought out by Yajaira Aldaya, native from Venezuela. I was lucky enough to dine in, social distance style, and enjoy a hot authentic Cuban meal and a sweet cocktail at the Raleigh location.

The family business is managed by Dennise Aldaya, Yajaira’s daughter. Dennise is the club owner of Levels Night Club in Raleigh and also the owner of a café in Miami, Florida. Together the mother-daughter duo has successfully exhausted the family business in multiple ventures and does not plan on stopping anytime soon.

Tropical Picken Chicken once would stay packed with guests non-stop. Now they’re lucky to see a familiar face.

“Our regular guest is who has been keeping business afloat, even the ones who we know to travel from places like Henderson, Fayetteville, and Charlotte”, Dennise states. 

Not only did loyal guests continue to patron the restaurant when feasible during these costly times but their staff also came back to work without hesitation. 

Not only did loyal guests continue to patron the restaurant when feasible during these costly times but their staff also came back to work without hesitation. 

It has been difficult for many around the nation trying to receive unemployment. In Tropical Picken Chicken’s case, this is why they readily reopened their doors. None of their staff received any assistance and this is also true for the café in Miami. Dennise coughed up 20 grand to only pay her employees to be able to feed their family.

Now that business has shifted Yajaira and Dennise are discussing alternative ways to bring in money such as staying open later and featuring late-night appetizers and outdoor hookah. 

Most visualize the experience of Cuba as a roll in a movie of someone relaxing with their feet up and enjoying a nice cigar.  Why not bring that atmosphere to Tropical Picken’ Chicken while enjoying their illustrious jerk chicken dish or spicy jerk shrimp?

Most visualize the experience of Cuba as a roll in a movie of someone relaxing with their feet up and enjoying a nice cigar.  Why not bring that atmosphere to Tropical Picken’ Chicken while enjoying their illustrious jerk chicken dish or spicy jerk shrimp?

Yajaira prides her restaurant on the everyday fresh ingredients and freshly made cuisines and I witnessed why when I tried Plain Mofongo with rice and beans, it was the bomb. 

Place your order today and support Tropical Picken’ Chicken.  

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