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Jibaro Food Truck Finds ‘Pit Stop’ at New Pizza Shop

The popular restaurant on wheels opens a brick-and-mortar establishment on Madison Avenue in the location most-recently occupied by Zappitelli’s on Madison.

Fourth time’s a charm?

There have been three pizza shops that have tried their luck at 14201 Madison Avenue in the past couple years: C-Town Pizza, Rosario’s and most-recently, Zappitelli’s on Madison. 

One after the other, they’ve all gone closed.

That doesn’t matter to Elvis Serrano.

The owner of the successful Jibaro food truck says that his pizza shop will be different. For starters, the Jibaro Pit Stop and Pizza Shop will offer other items in addition to pizza — think Cuban sandwiches, plantains and rice and beans. 

Also, Serrano said the space will serve as a brick-and-mortar base for the truck — complete with a full-sized kitchen. 

That means that the business isn’t as dependent on the walk-in and delivery traffic as the other pizza shops that have come and gone. 

“We wanted to expand our business to be able to cater more,” Serrano said. “For the last two years, I’ve been prepping, cooking and catering from the truck. We managed, but it was hard.” 

Serrano, who will run the restaurant with his wife Lorna, and his brother Saul Serrano, said that Jibaro is a perfect fit for Lakewood.

“There’s a food scene here,” he said. “I’ve always appreciated Lakewood.”

The restaurant will have its “soft opening” on Monday, with a grand opening coming shortly after the interior renovations are wrapped up. 

The restaurant’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Sandra Rodriguez November 20, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Wow! Hope it's authentic Spanish food!! What's the menu??
juan vergara November 21, 2012 at 03:51 PM
It is authentic! I have been inside theor truck while they prep all of their food and trust me it is very fresh and authentic!
dianne November 21, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I hope it works out
Richard Palin December 03, 2012 at 05:39 AM
How come Jibarro dropped the jazzy Cuban look of the truck for something so plain and off-the-freeway like. I hope the taste of the food is better than the taste of the gas station graphics.
Michael December 08, 2012 at 02:52 AM
We had some tonight. The food is good like carnival food is good and the breadsticks are beyond decadent. I mean this stuff is seriously good.
mary smith June 13, 2013 at 03:46 PM
whats up with jibarro they close down or something because they never open i been there 3 times an they have there doors close dose anyone no what happen . i was hoping it word work out for them ,

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