Danny Teran’s first business in New York was the Bongo Brothers, a food truck he operated with his brother Albert. After several years, they moved on to another truck, Miami Food Machine. Now photos of the trucks hang in Millie’s, Danny’s new brick-and-mortar spot. When it opens Monday, it’ll offer Cubanos, chimi-chicken sandwiches, yucca fries, empanadas, and cafe con leche, made with salt and butter.
The restaurant is a gift from the 32-year-old restaurateur to his mother and a shrine of sorts to his Cuban heritage, complete with photos of his grandparents on the wall. A mural by Bushwick tattoo artist Calinez was based on a photo of Danny’s mother, taken when she was nine. “It’s sort of the logo of the place now,” Danny says. His sign out front, designed by another local artist, Shannon Snow, expresses the name of the restaurant in gentle, flowing text.
Millie’s doesn’t have a liquor license yet, but you’ll be able to order fresh sangria punch in a big bowl and dump whatever you want into it. A soon-to-be-built outdoor patio should make for a good place to dry out in the sun.
This isn’t Danny’s first venture into the world of brick and mortar. He first opened The Wheelhouse, a grilled-cheese restaurant, about three years ago. Later he started the Bushwick thrift shop Alberto and Sons, which he operates with his current business partner Jordan Schlenker.
Millie’s, 203 Wilson Ave., bet. Stanhope and Stockholm Streets, Bushwick.
Correction: The original version of this post was revised to correct the age of the girl in the mural, and because it misidentified Jordan Schlenker as a founder of The Wheelhouse.