La Bombonera Reopens in Old San Juan
SAN JUAN—The iconic restaurant La Bombonera, in Old San Juan, reopened its doors Tuesday night for the first time in more than four years, after undergoing an extensive remodeling.
The Tuesday night event consisted of a private gathering in which many local business owners, Old San Juan residents, and bank execs attended. Government officials such as Ingrid Rivera, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, were also on hand, as well as San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who said the reopening of the emblematic locale brought “a ray of hope to Old San Juan residents.”
The revamped restaurant, located in the historic district’s San Francisco Street, will officially open this Friday. Its operating hours will be from Tuesday to Sunday starting at 7:30 a.m. and closing at 5:00 p.m., with a breakfast menu and a lunch menu available from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Several Bombonera mainstays—such as the coffee and “mallorca” pastries—will be available at the revamped restaurant, with most of the original menu remaining unchanged, including its famous coffee brewed in a vintage Royal coffeemaker. The remodeled design also owes much to the restaurant’s past, with several vintage photographs adorning its walls.
When it comes to the lunch menu, it will consist of several Spanish and Puerto Rican dishes, and in a first for La Bombonera, the restaurant will also offer homemade hot chocolate.
The restaurant first opened in 1902 under the ownership of founder Antonio Rigo, who originally hailed from Majorca, Spain. Isabel Obrador, granddaughter of the restaurant’s founder, will be at the helm of the reopened restaurant.
The original restaurant had closed its doors in May, 2012 after 110 years of continuous operations, an apparent victim of the island’s ongoing economic recession.