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Ruben Rodriguez

Coop & Barn Bites

Coop, located at St. Roch Market in Midtown Miami’s Design District is a fast casual American Southern Counter created by three brothers (Robert, Ruben & Giancarlo Rodriguez) who are behind the local favorite Barn Bites, a Successful fast casual Brunch pop up located at a farmers market in Hollywood, FL.

Together, the brothers have over 15 years of experience in South Florida’s Food and Beverage industry. Motivated by a shared passion for food and hospitality, the three brothers combined their strengths in management, cooking and guest services to create an eatery of their own.

Robert’s work ethic and wisdom stems from growing up in the restaurant industry, working every front of house position in some of South Florida’s finest Restaurants. Right out of high school he set out to deepen his understanding of exceptional restaurant service before leaping into management and continuing his education with restaurant operations. His experience in managing award winning casual and fine dining establishments guide both Barn Bites and Coop to maintain a thoughtful approach to great food.

Ruben was inspired by the art of creating food at a very young age. Always finding Interest in his mother and grandmother’s recipes and technique, even as a child he was always helping in the kitchen to prepare family dinners and learning the dynamics of crafting a meal. At 18 years old he got his first kitchen job working under Chef Govind Armstrong at 8 oz. Burger bar, absorbing methods and expertise as he moved his way through the kitchen ranks. Today, Ruben is at the helm of his own operation focused on creating American Fare using quality ingredients and fresh locally sourced protein and produce from trusted Florida farmers.

Giancarlo brings his background in hospitality to their growing restaurants. Working in guest relations for Starwood and Marriott properties, he developed a deep understanding of being a host, anticipating guest needs and improving overall hospitality standards. With his attention to detail, the dining experience at Barn Bites created a local buzz and garnered praise by nomination in Miami New Times Best of 2017 categories for Best Restaurant of Hollywood FL & Best Fried Chicken where Barn Bites finished top 5 for both categories in its very first year.

More about Ruben Rodriguez

What is your ultimate comfort food?: Gorgonzola Mac & Cheese If you weren't a chef, what would you be?: Crocodile Hunter What three things are always in your pantry?: Hot Sauce, Fresh Jam and my cast iron skillet. If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?: I would cook with my grandmother. Making her fried chicken was a Sunday staple.