Historic Markers Across Florida

El Chino - Pajarito Restaurant

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Location: 8th Avenue & 14 St., Ybor City, Tampa, FL.
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 57.657    W 082° 26.666
  27.96095    -82.44443333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2N92


Cuban exiles in the 1890´s met to plot for independence at a restaurant operated on this site by the patriot Antonio Menendez, a Chinese from Cuba.

Many revolutionaries on their way to join the Mambi Army in Cuba, were given warm welcome and free rations. The freedom fighters, before leaving for guerilla warfare in the savannahs, were equipped with machetes and knives from the kitchen of EI Chino - Pajarrito.

On occasion Jose Marti dined here with rebel leaders. Erected by the Optimist Club of Ybor City 1962


City: Tampa, FL