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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, which opened in Worcester last year, is opening second location in Newton

About two years after nearly opening a restaurant in Newton, the owners of Che! Empanada will soon realize that dream.
The empanada restaurant located in Worcester announced on Tuesday that Che! Empanada is expanding with a second location in Newton.
Albie Alvarez-Cote, who opened Che! Empanada in Worcester’s Kelley Square last year, told MassLive at the time of the opening that she was ready to open in Newton until the deal fell through in March 2020...