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MBJ Member Profile Janett Malpartida

Owner of downtown’s popular D’Road Café, Janett Malpartida is serving diners international flavors with a side of homey hospitality. 

Are you originally from Montgomery? I’m an American citizen from Venezuela, married to Jose Malpartida, who is from Peru. I came to Montgomery when I married Jose in 2004. 

Where did the name “D’Road Cafe” come from? When I went to reserve the name at the Secretary of State Office, I really wanted The Street Café, but there was already one. So then I tried Down the Street Café, but it was also taken. As my dad is of Italian descendent, I adopted the D’ then added Road and finally Café. 

Describe the kind of food you serve. We do a lot of Venezuelan dishes at lunch, and on Friday nights, we focus on a different international cuisine, like Cuban, Italian, French and Turkish. Our main ingredient is the passion, love and care we put in our cooking, but I also use a lot of garlic, onions, peppers and herbs. 

What are some of your most popular dishes? For breakfast, our omelets, empanadas and arepas (rounds of cornmeal-based bread stuffed with cheese, eggs, ham, chicken or beef). At lunch, our Venezuelan meatballs and the Venezuelan street burger. At dinner, our paella and chicken parrilla. 

Why do you like about being downtown? In my original location, I realized most of my clientele were from downtown, so I love being closer to a lot of them and also more people like them, people who love to try a new culture’s cuisine. 

What do you hope diners experience? Definitely the home atmosphere and the homecooking but the unique flavors too. What’s your favorite thing about your job? The opportunity that God gives me to make someone happy with my food style. 

COMPANY FOUNDED AUGUST 2011 
droadcafe.com
 

THE LONG ROAD
Our customers come as strangers and leave as friends. I’d love for more restaurants to come to the downtown area, so citizens of Montgomery have the opportunity to share the beauty of this renovation in every way. I am happy that I contribute a little to make this possible, together with the very many young people who are working so hard and who, like me, want downtown to be a busy and fascinating area for locals and tourists.  

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