Sophie’s was inspired by a Cuban restaurant the family years earlier. In order to raise the money to invest, the company sold Peruvian food from the soccer carts in New York and figured Cuban food might be a better idea for the region. They investigated everything about Cuba, its culture and its food. Cuban Master Eduardo Morgado then hired to help bring it together. The Luna family still wished that in their new home in New York City, they had their own restaurant. They have been battling and saving for years and they eventually began to develop in November 1996 and opened the first Sophie on Greenwich Street close to WC in July 1997. His business philosophy was that friendly people would enable them to realize the American Dream by fresh and delicious food served in good servings and served in a local community atmosphere.
Survival and Growth
It was so busy that a bigger restaurant was opened nearby. That was just as busy and four Cuban Cuisine ® Sophie restaurants were opened in 2001. 911 has reported that the first two have been redeemed by a landlord, but they have continued working hard, and in Manhattan, one is in Brooklyn, nine Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine ® restaurants are now under expected expansion in the NY metro area.
A second Sophie’s opening on Pearl Street was a major success two years later at the first restaurant on Greenwich St. at World Trade Center. The next year, New Lane, was the third position. The 4th Sophie opened in Maiden Lane in June 2001.
Eduardo and Manuela were affected by the events of 911. Manuela often mentions the pre—911 and post-911 episodes of her life. Just New Street remains of the first four Sophies in the pre-911 period. The property owners in Pearl Street have purchased this rent out for a new construction project. The property never caught up in the losses of 911.
Whilst the business is still expanding and prospering, Manuela and the family continue with seven Sophie companies currently operating in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn and another in Manhattan.