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Puerto Rican restaurant El Encanto opens in Black Rock

A Puerto Rican restaurant called El Encanto opened in Black Rock on April 3.

It's located at 2179 Niagara St., near the I-190 ramp, in a building that was last Buffalo Supper Club.

El Encanto is a family restaurant, not a club, said George Mercado, a manager. His sister Melissa Morales is the owner, he said, and this is her first restaurant.

After years of cooking for family, events and catering, she was encouraged to share her talents with the community, Mercado said. "A few years later her dream came true, and she's making it a success."

The menu includes Puerto Rican standards like fried pork, pastelillos, chicken stew, mofongo (garlicky mashed plantains), Caribbean seafood salad and bacalaitos (codfish fritters).

In the next month, it may add some light music, like a trio with guitar, Mercado said, so customers can "come in and feel like they are actually in the Puerto Rico."

The restaurant will seat about 60, and presently serves no alcohol.

Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday. Phone: 424-1891.


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