Puerto Rican native, José Mendín started his career in Miami with his Asian-infused Carribean dishes, but when those in his establishment in Puerto Rico were affected by Hurricane Maria, he knew he needed to help.
As the co-founder of Pubbelly, his dishes such as Mofongo Ramen have been a big hit, and he's been able to open up multiple restaurants in Southbeach Miami but this Spring the 38-year-old chef was able to fulfill a lifelong dream and open a restaurant in his native country. PB Ysla, located in San Juan, features dishes such as dumplings along with Puerto Rican sides like arroz con grandules.
When hurricane season hit, both Miami and San Juan were hit by the powerful storms, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
Mendín threw himself into helping those who were hit with the storm, not just by raising funds but by assisting employees in from his closed down PB Ysla restaurant re-settle in the U.S. and offering them jobs in his restaurants in Miami.
“We brought over ten employees and guaranteed all of them paid flights from Puerto Rico to Miami, as well as secured a home for them to live in free of rent for one month,” told Mendín to NBC News.
“They were all also guaranteed employment in our restaurants here, including our newest venture, Habitat. We were sure to help out everyone we could. It's the least we could do after such devastation to the island.” said Chef José Mendín making both cities proud.
In San Juan, PB Ysla was re-opened in November, and he's been able to pick up from where they left off.