In November, chef Justino Jimenez sold Los Jimenez Mexican Cocin at Sixth Street and Oregon Avenue in the Whitman neighborhood. The loss of Jimenez, a previous Vetri chef, was a big disappointment for the residents of South Philadelphia.
Under new ownership, Los Jimenez has been rebranded as San Miguelito and continues to serve Mexican cuisine to the residents of South Philly.
Jimenez himself has taken over Logan Square Pizza behind the Franklin Institute and renamed it the Logan Square Pizza and Cocina. Logan Square Pizza and Cocina now serves al pastor in addition to their original pizza and menu items.
What was the reason for the big move? Is it the expansion of an empire or was South Philly simply too difficult to maneuver and profit?