Hoping To Expand, Point Loma's Embargo Grill Becomes Little Cay Amidst Dispute Between Owners

October 25, 2019

Point Loma's popular Embargo Grill has been rebranded to become Little Cay, as ownership is currently in a dispute with one member hoping to unify the brand with a recently opened sister location sited in Scottsdale, AZ.

Opened in the Midway Towne Center in Point Loma in September 2013 by Yehuda Eshel and Carl Essert, Embargo Grill quickly gained a loyal local following for its menu of Cuban, Caribbean and Latin American inspired cuisine, which even garnered the restaurant inclusion on Yelp's Top 100 restaurants to eat in the U. S. for 2015. Last month, the Carl Essert replicated the concept in Scottsdale, AZ, with a rebranded name Little Cay. Eshel and Essert are currently involved in a dispute over ownership of the brand, so Essert changed the name to unify the restaurant with his Scottsdale location, which he hopes to further expand around California and Arizona. Eshel states that he will be opening Embargo Grill in a new space in the near future.

Little Cay will continue to serve the same menu customers have come to know and love at Embargo Grill, including the top selling Cubano sandwich. The menu also includes other sandwiches, salads, Embargo Grill dishes, appetizers and Caribbean traditional favorites like yucca frita (cassava root), maduros (ripe black plantains), tostones (double cooked green plantains), buttermilk marinated calamari, mofongo (green plantains, chicharrón, garlic), and empanadas.

Little Cay is located at 3960 W. Point Loma Boulevard near the OB Water Store in the Midway Towne Center. For more information, visit littlecayob.com, and check out the menu below.

This is a developing story: We will update this post as we learn more.