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‘The perfect spot’: Che! Empanada infuses Argentinian cuisine into Worcester’s Canal District

Perfect isn’t used often to describe Kelley Square. The first steps Albie Alvarez-Cote took inside her new restaurant, though, that word came to mind.

“When I came in here, I knew this was the perfect spot,” Alvarez-Cote said.

Che! Empanada opened at 19 Kelley Square last month between Kelley Square Pizza and Golden Pockets.

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Table Hoppin': Che! Empanada in Kelley Square offers taste of Argentina

Che! Empanada at 19 Kelley Square, Worcester, is a new place where you can find a little piece of Argentina.

Albie Alvarez-Cote of West Newton and Chef Roy Caceser of Concord, New Hampshire, opened the restaurant Jan. 6 with plans for a grand opening celebration sometime in late February.

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Che! Empanada offers taste of Argentina

“We decided it would be perfect, especially with all the future development in the city,” said Alvarez-Cote. “We love our little space and being located near other businesses. And, the kitchen is just the right size.”

Alvarez-Cote is familiar with the Worcester landscape. She is married to Jim Cote, a former Worcester resident. The couple, who share a “large blended family” (children and grandchildren), have lots of friends in the Worcester area, said Alvarez-Cote, a financial advisor and director of FEI Financial Education Institute, Greater Boston Area. She also is a member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs and a founding member of the Latino Council, Milagros para Ninos at Boston Children’s Hospital, with a mission “to improve the health and well-being of children in New England.”

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Che! Empanada Is Opening In Newtonville

A Worcester dining spot that features Argentinian food is expanding to the Boston area.

According to an article from Mass Live, Che! Empanada is planning to open in Newtonville, with a comment within the Village 14 site indicating that it will take over the former City Pizza & Pasta space on Washington Street. Based on the menu for the restaurant in Worcester's Kelley Square area, expect to see a variety of empanadas with beef, pork, chicken, seafood, and veggie fillings at the new location.