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Che Restaurant, A New Argentinian Concept, Is Opening In Delray Beach In The Former Hudson Spot

Che, a Spanish and Argentinian restaurant group, has found a friend in Delray, with plans to open its first U.S. location along the city's scenic waterfront.

The Argentinian-style restaurant with European influences will welcome guests this September in the former Hudson Delray spot on the Intracoastal.

(UPDATE: The restaurant opened to the public on Sept. 3.)

The name "Che" is a Spanish word, which, among Argentinians, is used as a sign of affection and friendship.

"Che is a colloquial word we use to loosely mean 'Hey, friend,' and that’s how we want our guests to feel about us," co-owner Daniela Sujoy said.

Brother-sister team Martin and Daniela Sujoy opened up the first Che restaurant in Spain in 2001, after their parents introduced the concept to Argentina 30 years ago. The Che group currently consists of 15 concepts throughout Spain, including Che Grill House, Che Pizza & Pasta, Che American Style and more. 

The waterfront location and coastal feel of Delray were a huge draw to the owners for their U.S. expansion. 

"We came to Delray Beach on holiday and fell in love with the city," Sujoy said. "South Florida has always been an alluring tropical and coastal destination where Che guests could enjoy a meal and drinks indoors and outdoors all year round." 

With Delray as its U.S. flagship, Che has aggressive expansion plans for 2017, she said.

Che Delray Beach's menu will be tailored to the area, plus feature dishes that pay homage to the family's Argentinian roots while highlighting European cuisine. There will be something for everyone, Sujoy added, from hearty fare to lighter vegetarian and seafood options. 

"We’re excited to bring our unique flavors and best-selling dishes from overseas, particularly cuisine from Argentina and Spain," she said. "My family and I have been living in Delray for the past six years so we have a firm grasp on the city’s culinary scene and preferred flavor profiles." 

Some of these dishes include Galician-style octopus; authentic seafood, chicken and vegetarian paellas; choripan (a traditional Argentinian sandwich with chorizo and chimichurri); and a raw bar with the catch of the day. Though the prices are still being finalized, Sujoy says they should be "affordable and approachable." 

The restaurant will seat 280 guests and offer both an indoor and outdoor bar, along with plenty of waterfront seating along the Intracoastal.

“Diners will be able to unwind at happy hour on our outdoor patio, dine al fresco as the sun goes down, or enjoy a meal with friends or family," Sujoy said.

The restaurant will open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly. 

Che Delray Beach; 900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

(Photo of a Che Restaurant in Spain via cherestaurant.es)