The oldest of 7 Siblings, at a young age Julia De La Uz was expected to cook dinner while her parents worked late. As a girl, cooking her mother’s recipes on a daily basis eventually evolved into her life’s commitment as she continually worked to provide comforting, nourishing food for her family. Through cooking, she came to learn and appreciate the importance of family and community – regardless of living in Cuba or Florida.
Growing up, our founder Jess was always familiar with his abuela's unique talent for cooking, taking an interest before he could even see over the stove. It wasn’t until moving to the green pastures of Iowa that it dawned on him – he drew a deep sense of comfort and community from the authentic Cuba cooking he used to be surrounded by. Growing restless, he called up his abuela and explained how he felt Lost without the comfort of her recipes and kitchen. With his abuela’s and mom’s blessing and guidance, he soon opened up a Cuban restaurant in Iowa, allowing him to find the community and love he thought he’d lost.
A month later Jess opened The Lost Cuban in Cedar Rapids Iowa. After 6 successful years of filling peoples hearts...and bellies...with Abuela’s recipes, he knew his job wasn’t done. The mission was to bring this sense of community to people everywhere. Jess’s newest venture, The Lost Cuban, aims to do just that—bring abuela’s recipes to friends and families around the country.
That's why we're here, delivering Cuba, the way Abuela would.
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55 S Madison Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101