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Help Save qba! The Closed Cuban Kitchen Seeks Partner

Montclair's Cuban Kitchen is looking for financial help.

Last week, a sign reading "Business Partner Wanted" appeared in the window at 128 Watchung Avenue, the site of the now closed brick and mortar extension of the popular qba food truck. The sign in the window also included a plea to: "Help Save qba!" In addition, a post also appeared on qba's facebook page, "seeking business partner."

According to owner, Lynna Martinez, she has taken qba as far as she can on her own, and is seeking a business partner "with industry experience and just enough money to help me reopen the store."

She said she's had to close qba until she can find a financial backer to help her reopen.

It was only last February that Martinez launched the restaurant in the former Orbis site in Watchung Plaza.

Martinez has described qba as an award-winning Cuban restaurant and catering company. The restaurant offers “slow-cooked food served fast,” specializing in affordable and authentic Cuban fare. It also offers catering services for lunch, dinner, and special events via the qba Truck. Visit the restaurant's website to view a complete menu.

So have you visited qba? What did you think?

steve jones October 17, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Saw that. Ate there a few times. Food was quite good and nice people. I wasn't sure from day 1 that they could really make a go of it in that location as a counter kind of place. Maybe if they were closer to the high school could rake in the lunch crowd. I think if she reopened the same kind of place in lower rent, more modest digs could work. Not there apparently.
unrealreality October 17, 2011 at 01:29 PM
I agree. Sometimes it's the location that will help. The food there is awesome, and it'd be a shame for it to go. There are very few authentic Cuba places around and it would be good to have an alternative to Cuban Pete's.
Kevin October 17, 2011 at 02:13 PM
I stopped by a few weeks ago at lunch time and the store was not open?
Kelly McDonald October 17, 2011 at 02:16 PM
The food is excellent! I'm really hoping this place makes it and someone steps forward to help them out.
Melody Kettle October 17, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Hi Kevin . . . Yes, qba is closed until a partner can be found to assist in reopening.
Right of Center October 18, 2011 at 01:46 AM
Location location location.
John Lee October 18, 2011 at 02:50 AM
I wonder if the option of an additional truck has ever been considered.

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