OLE TAMPA CUBANS In December 2018, Ole Tampa Cubans opened the doors of its Plant City location and established a foothold on the Plant City dining scene. Known for the authentic Tampa flavorings inspired by Cuban, Spanish and Italian immigrants, Ole Tampa Cubans is quickly becoming one of Plant City’s favorite establishments. “The local community has been overwhelmingly supportive of Ole Tampa,” said Ole Tampa Cubans owner Dwayne Williams. “In the past few weeks, we had experienced many, many first time guests who we were referred to. The real Tampa Cuban, hand rolled devil crabs and stuffed potatoes are really a hit.” Billing itself “Plant City’s Taste of Tampa,” Ole Tampa Cubans serves up classics such as Cuban sandwiches, devil crabs, guava pastries and Cafe con Leche. The new menu item that is back by popular demand is “The Shipwreck.” “It’s thick cut potatoes deep fried and drizzled with our homemade ranch sauce,” said Williams. “It’s topped with our homemade pico and jalapeños. You can also add this on as a side or get the large that’s almost big enough for two. TRIBUTE TO YESTERYEAR It all started decades ago in the Port of Tampa. Dwayne Williams and his siblings visited the water side to see their father who worked at the Port. In doing so, Williams and his family would watch the shrimp boats pull into the Bay and catch a drive-in movie near the Causeway. He was immersed in the delectable offerings of Ole Tampa Bay, including authentic devil crabs. These memories are the inspiration behind Ole Tampa Cubans and the restaurant’s commitment to providing only the most authentic of flavors. When guests bite into an Ole Tampa Cubans devil crab, they too are transported back in time to the days of yesteryear. FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED Ole Tampa Cubans is family owned and operated. Dwayne is joined by his wife, Liesel, who makes the restaurant’s guava pastries fresh daily. Williams’ sister, Marisa Lehtola, serves as General Manager and his nephew, Josh Holley, is a member of the kitchen staff. With family on staff, Ole Tampa Cuban holds a strong commitment to quality and Dwayne credits his staff for their hand in the success of the business. PAGE
Each morning at 6:00 a.m., the crew of Ole Tampa Cubans begins handrolling devil crabs, one of the establishment’s most popular items.
The restaurant offers homemade guava pastries. The cuban treat is made fresh daily by Dwayne’s wife.
FOCUS Magazine Plant City Edition Issue 18-08 August 2019