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We always appreciate a compliment. Check out some of the most recent pieces written about our concept and upcoming opening.
Kevin and Maria Ruiz have already garnered a rep for serving the finest Peruvian fare in the city with their pop-up dinners, and there's no reason to believe they won't continue to do so when Papa Llama goes brick-and-mortar in Curry Ford West.
- Faiyaz Kara
"From food halls to fine dining, Orlando's most anticipated new restaurants of 2020", Orlando Weekly
Kevin and Maria Ruiz, who ran the pop-up Peruvian restaurant Papa Llama, hosted their events at local hotspots for years. Now, they’re planning a brick-and-mortar location on Curry Ford Road in the Hourglass District to open in 2020.
- Holly Kapherr
"One Night Only", Edible Orlando
Pop-up moguls Kevin and Maria Ruiz of Papa Llama have just announced that they will be opening a new brick-and-mortar restaurant space. The restaurant, which will keep its pop-up grassroots name, will be open for dinner service featuring the Ruizes take on modern Peruvian fare.
- Brendan O'Connor
"Papa Llama opening brick-and-mortar on Curry Ford", Bungalower
"We've been in business for three years, and our goal has always been to open a permanent space," says chef-owner Kevin Ruiz. "Curry Ford West is Orlando's newest 'Main Street,' and its central location is its greatest strength. We're excited to add to the local community with great food and a splash of Peruvian alegria."
- Holly Kapherr
"Peruvian pop-up Papa Llama to open restaurant in Curry Ford West", Orlando Weekly
So, why bother popping Papa Llama up here in the limbo that is our ‘Nibbles’ section? Especially when they just dished out their last multi-course feast at longtime residence East End Market? Well, we think Papa Llama has legs. Long legs. And those legs will likely walk them to a new Orlando home where they’ll become a more permanent part of our eatin’ scene.

Kevin and Maria Ruiz, the-husband-and-wife team behind Papa Llama, are stepping up their game. After 2½ years of serving Peruvian dishes à la carte, the young chefs recently added a more intimate, pre-paid dining experience for eight to their repertoire.
- Marta Madigan
"Papa Llama pops again — and this time you need a ticket", Orlando Sentinel

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