many of her husband’s family were already living here.
The Alarcons, who had owned a bar in Queens, were
shocked at how much the Hispanic population in Port St.
Lucie had grown. It was the perfect time to open their little
Columbian restaurant, Mi Casita, in the Boulevard
Shoppes on Port St. Lucie Boulevard.
“We call it Mi Casita, which means our little house,” says
Lavive, who works behind the counter of the combination
bakery and restaurant, while her husband is a one-man
welcoming committee. If it seems like everyone in the small
Mi Casita offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The regulars stop by every day, but even newcomers are treated like family.
Lavivé and Orlando Alarcon package up Columbia rolls to go at Mi Casita.