"The empanada is the emblematic street food of Latin America," Suárez told Cafe magazine.
He's betting that Colombian culture -- the music, food and coffee -- will be just as popular as similar cultural imports from Brazil and Cuba.
He's also putting his money where his mouth is, by opening Macondo Colombian Coffee & Empanadas (2965 N. Lincoln Ave.), a concept he hopes to franchise in the future.
"The empanadas that we sell here are from the exact same recipe that my grandmother fed her family on," Suárez says.
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