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Twisted Taino Restaurant, LLC is a family owned and operated business. The Melendez brothers  had started the Melendez Latin Grill back in 2010 and ran the kitchen inside Club Exquisite located in the East Bank of the Flats. In 2016 Chef Jose Melendez along with his wife Cristina founded Melendez Catering Services and still operating to date.  Omar focused in his photography career since 2018 and is still operating to date. 

2020, both brothers unite once again to bring Twisted Taino Restaurants to the Cleveland Scene, opening its first location as a Quick Service Restaurant  at 1400 W.25th St. Cleveland, Ohio sharing space with award winners Sauce the City and set to open doors on August 3rd, 2020. 



Partners / Executive Chefs


Also owners & operators of Melendez Catering Services, continue the trend of a Modern Take in Traditional Flavors from the Caribbean and Latin America. Together they have brought a new life to the Latin-Fused Cuisine to Cleveland. They have been highlighted in the Cleveland Chain Reaction Season. They promise to bring something fun and twisted to the dishes that everyone loves. So, get ready to GET TWISTED!!

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Partner / Manager 


An enthusiastic Professional Photographer, has built his photography business Omar's Naked Eye Photography from ground up. Together with his wife Lia been working towards building the Twisted Taino Brand to a bigger concept that would include apparel, jewelry and more. Omar will be taking the Full-Time Management position at the West 25th location while Chef Melendez will be taking over the Parma Location once is built. 

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