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Jibaritos Y Mas, Logan Square’s Mega Popular Restaurant, Expands With New Dine-In Spot

The spot, now open at 3406 W. Fullerton Ave., is meant to accommodate for overflow customers.

A jibarito from Jibaritos y Mas in Logan Square.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Getting jibaritos from Jibaritos y Mas, the hugely popular Puerto Rican restaurant at Fullerton and Kimball avenues, just got a lot easier.

A little more than a week ago Jibaritos y Mas opened a dine-in spot at 3406 W. Fullerton Ave., just steps from the original restaurant at 3400 W. Fullerton Ave.

The restaurant for overflow customers is already a huge success, said co-owner Betsy Gonzalez.

The first day, Jan. 3, was “crazy” busy and business continues to exceed expectations, she said.

“We were blown away,” she said.

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Yelitza Rivera opened the original Jibaritos y Mas in 2016 after nearly 20 years of cooking in other peoples’ Puerto Rican restaurants. Rivera is originally from Venezuela, but her husband is Puerto Rican.

“Since the first day I arrived to this country, I started working with Puerto Rican food,” Rivera told Block Club last year.

In just a few years, Jibaritos y Mas has become one of the city’s go-to spots for Puerto Rican food. The small corner restaurant is often jam-packed with lines out the door.

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Jibaritos y Mas’ new dine-in spot opened Jan. 3.

Rivera brought in Gonzalez, a close friend, to help open a dine-in restaurant next door to accommodate for the crush of customers. The new spot features its own kitchen.

The only difference between the dine-in spot and the original restaurant is the waitstaff.

“It’s the same prices, the same food, just more space,” Gonzalez said.

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Jibaritos y Mas’ new restaurant is just steps from its original location.

The dine-in spot is Rivera’s third location. She opened a second location at Harlem and Belmont avenues after the original restaurant took off.

Jibaritos y Mas serves authentic Puerto Rican food made with fresh ingredients. The traditional jibarito, a sandwich that is believed to have originated in Chicago, is the star. 

Regulars say the restaurant’s appeal is simple: The food “tastes like your grandma made it.”

The dine-in spot, Gonzalez said, isn’t just attracting regulars, though.

“It’s not just overflow like we thought. It’s been new clientele, a lot of new faces,” Gonzalez said.

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