There’s a new restaurant in Southold with a menu that melds made-from-scratch Tex-Mex fare with authentic Guatemalan flair.
Latin Fuzion Restaurant, located in the former Robert’s Jewelers space in Feather Hill Commons, opens Sunday, just in time for Mother’s Day. Its offerings include a little bit of everything, from standard Mexican dishes like tacos and quesadillas to buffalo chicken wraps and barbecue pulled pork and daily Guatemalan specialties.
“Every time I go out to eat, I pick a dish from a different country,” said owner and chef Justo Choquin. “I wanted to create a concept where I could have all my favorite dishes on one menu and share it with everyone else.”
Mr. Choquin first got the idea to open his restaurant two years ago. He took over the 1,113-square-foot space in December 2017 and spent more than a year converting it into a 16-seat restaurant with a full kitchen.
“I fell in love with the location immediately,” he said. “I knew it was perfect for a restaurant.”
The Southold resident moved to the North Fork from Guatemala in 2000 and spent nearly two decades cooking at North Fork restaurants before deciding to head out on his own. Mr. Choquin previously worked at the former Michelangelo’s pizzeria in Cutchogue and the former Amazon Grill in Mattituck.
“I gained a lot of experience working in the different kitchens, but I am a natural,” Choquin said with a laugh. “I have been cooking since I was 12 years old and all of these recipes I created at home.”
All of the sauces, dips and salsas are made in-house using Choquin’s family recipes. In addition to the full menu and daily specials, Latin Fuzion will also have a salsa bar with four different handmade salsas to taste test before a meal. He hopes to eventually add a jarred salsa line made with produce from local farm stands.
Latin Fuzion is located at 53345 Main Road in Southold. After its grand opening, the restaurant will be open year-round, seven days a week.