Permit issues stall Jose's downtown Bradenton delivery service

twhitt@bradenton.comApril 23, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The wait for Jose's authentic Cuban sandwiches to be delivered to downtown customers will take longer than expected.

Jose Baserva, owner ofJose's Real Cuban Food,met with city code enforcement officials Monday and discovered the space he eased -- home to twoprevious restaurants -- does not have required city permits.

The space at 1800 14th St. W. in Bradenton, a former motel, required a change-of-use permit from the city when renovations were done three years ago, but the permits were never applied for or issued.

As a consequence, a restaurant hood installed without a city permit may have to be redone. Baserva also said Monday he was told a firewall must be installed before his restaurant can reopen.

The city discovered the unpermitted work after a story ran in the Herald about the new takeout and delivery service. The work will require at least a month, Baserva said.

Baserva, the restaurateur featured in Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," said he has to work with the landlord if he is going to reopen the downtown restaurant.

Before the city shut down his new location, Baserva was offering his full menu. The takeout and delivery service was offered from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays for people who work and live downtown.

He said he has already invested $25,000 in the downtown space. Baserva said he will keep his customers informed about plans for the takeout and delivery service.

"I want my customers to understand what's going on and that we want to reopen," he said.

Toni Whitt, business editor, can be reached at 941-745-7087. Follow her on Twitter @toniTwhitt.

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