Today our good friends at El Guanaco opened their second restaurant, Viva Tokyo in Oakland Park. An endearing and eclectic restaurant and menu of Mexican and Japanese. Viva Tokyo is the next progressive step, from their very successful Mexican & El Salvadorian El Guanaco also in Oakland Park.
Owners Cristina Ardon and Rudi Lopez have the business chops, and culinary knack of fusing culinary worlds and making it a success. Ardon and Lopez owner-operators of El Guanaco are celebrating their seventh year in business. From the outside looking in, they make owning a restaurant look easy. Their work ethic is second to none. El Guanaco is open six days a week, and at any time during those six days you will find Cristina and Rudi meticulously working their work. El Guanaco is a restaurant where the locals go. They don’t advertise. They don’t have a PR rep generating press releases, and they don’t have robust social media pages. What they do have, that all of those three facets combined can’t hold a candle to, and could never generate, is a loyal, cult following with an exceptional word-of-mouth reputation, which has made them one of the most successful sleeper hits in Broward County. El Guanaco is one of those places that someone has to tell you about….and then you’re hooked. El Guanaco’s menu is a combination of Mexican and El Salvadorian food, countries from which Ardon and Lopez emanate. Tried, tested, and true the no-frills neighborhood El Guanaco has stood the test of time, and carved out a niche in a challenging, and fickle industry.
Rolling the dice once again, Ardon and Lopez have taken their recipe for success, and applied it to a similar restaurant concept, Viva Tokyo. The combining of Mexican and Japanese foods on the same menu, albeit peculiar, but with their solid, and loyal client base, and stellar reputation, Cristina Ardon and Rudi Lopez will no longer be a sleeper hit.
El Guanaco 331 NE 44th St, Oakland Park, FL 33334
Viva Tokyo 1538 E Commercial Blvd, Oakland Park 33334
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