Little Sister has the look and feel of a coffee shop situated amongst the shops and bars of Santurce,
San Juan's lively artistic neighborhood. Instead, it's on Hope Street and Rochambeau Avenue in Providence, RI, near Brown University. Milena Pagán, the owner and chef, says the cafe's purpose is to deliver a taste of the Caribbean in her adopted country.
The inviting atmosphere is intentional, she says. Pagán never intended to build two restaurants.
In 2016, she left a lucrative corporate consulting profession to co-own and operate Rebelle Artisan Bagels in Providence, Rhode Island, with her husband Darcy Coleman.
“You're crazy quitting without anything lined up,” her manager replied. “I said, ‘Just watch me.'”
With Little Sister, an all-day Puerto Rican café, she returned in 2020. Unlike many of the city's Latin restaurants, Little Sister is located in Providence's college district.
A never-ending sense of security. Inspired by Puerto Rican cafes, yet with its own distinct flavor. Ceviche with pineapple, cucumber, and leche de tigre; tostones with duck confit and Romesco sauce.