The owners of Second Street Pizza are bringing back an old favorite to downtown Whitefish with their revival of Mama Blanca’s, a popular restaurant featuring traditional Puerto Rican and Cuban fare with a blue-collar flair.
Owners Dave and Susan Sheeran operated the Latin-fusion eatery for 18 months at 306 E. Second St. before converting the space into the popular downtown pizzeria Second Street Pizza, a move they made eight years ago during the recession.
But Mama Blanca’s has found renewed purchase in Whitefish’s downtown center, and the Sheerans hope to open their doors Nov. 30 inside the Remington Bar and Casino at 130 Central Ave. They’ll take over the space left vacant by La Hacienda and, more recently, the short-lived Shooter’s.
Named after Susan’s mother, Blanca Hernandez, the restaurant will offer similar menu items that were popular at its original location – Mexican-style grilled corn, authentic Cuban sandwiches and shrimp Diablo.
“The roast pork is what makes the Cuban sandwiches. We marinade it for three days, roast it for 10 hours, add Swiss cheese, pickles, brush it with a little garlic butter,” Dave Sheeran said. “It’s the bomb.”
The restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.