Latin American seafood restaurant Pala’a has opened in Ardmore. Cira Ferreira, Levi Hernandez and Ivan Brcek’s new BYOB specializes in ceviches, tartares, chupe, arepas and patacones. Sides, housemade juices and desserts are also available.
The family that owns the new eatery has a deep understanding of both entrepreneurship and Latin American cooking. Ferreira owns wellness centers in her native Venezuela. Hernandez, a former engineer, operated a catering business and food stand in Venezuela. And as an experienced server, Brcek is familiar with how restaurants operate behind the scenes.
“Ardmore is where I moved when I arrived in America from Venezuela seven years ago,” says Brcek. “Ardmore is my home away from home in the United States—it is where I feel most comfortable, and it’s where I wanted our family to open our first restaurant. Ardmore has so much going on, new businesses, great people and so many stories. The Ardmore restaurant scene is also one of the best in the region and on the Main Line, and we wanted to be at the center of that energy.”
Ivan Brcek, Levi Hernandez, Jana Brcek Ferreira and Cira Ferreira.
Ardmore is equally excited to welcome its newest neighbors. “We are excited that Pala’a is introducing Latin American flavors to Ardmore and the greater Main Line,” says Ardmore Initiative executive director Christine Vilardo. “Pala’a introduces arepas and patacones to the Main Line’s culinary scene. Pala’a fits perfectly with Ardmore’s unique and diverse dining scene.”
The starter menu has about two dozen menu items with appetizers ranging from $3.95 to $5.75, entrees $5.95 to $14.95 and platters $14.50 to $15.75. Sides, desserts and drinks are all under $5. Guests order at the front counter and can enjoy a cup of papelon, a refreshing lime drink, while waiting.
Reflecting the focus on seafood, the dining room is playfully and vibrantly decorated with graphics of azure Venezuelan beaches and brightly colored beach chairs. Pala’a seats 23 people inside with additional outdoor seating in front.
Pala’a is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every Tuesday through Sunday.
For more information, visit Pala’a Latin American Seafood on Facebook. 18 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (484) 413-2392.