Leonardo “Leo” Dopico
“We dreamed of coming to the United States for a long time. Thanks to a Great Friend, this dream came true. My wife Carmen, my son Leo Jr. and I always knew the Land of Opportunity would be where we could fulfill all of our dreams, and in November 2005 I had the opportunity to help with the salvage merchandise that resulted from Hurricane Wilma down in Miami. I was convinced more than ever that this was where we needed to be.
In January 2006, I traveled to Hattiesburg, Mississippi and was quick to contact Carmen to say ‘THIS was where we could raise Leo Jr. into adulthood.’ The people were so warm and welcoming, opportunity was everywhere, and there was a wide diversity of people.
In July of 2007, we moved to the United States permanently. What a wonderful decision for my family. We have been Blessed beyond measure.
In March 2009, I began working for a major local company based in Hattiesburg, and in 2013 Carmen joined this company as well and became an American Citizen. A few months later, Leo Jr. and I also proudly became American Citizens. Our vision has always been to have our own restaurant and through many Blessings, we now have opened our doors!”
Leo’s passion has always been cooking traditional Cuban dishes for his family and friends and his dream has always been to open a restaurant, but that was not possible in Cuba. He and Carmen decided to take a leap of faith and open the Restaurant in Hattiesburg serving authentic Cuban food that is homemade with fresh ingredients just like they prepare at home. The food is spiced to an incredible flavor with traditional Cuban spices.
“Thank you for joining us in our venture! If you like our food and the experience here, please tell all your friends and family! If we fail to meet your expectations, please let me know personally.”
Our goal at Leo’s is to give our customers delicious and unique Cuban food. We accomplish this by cooking as if we’re cooking at home for our family, because when you visit Leo’s Cuban Kitchen, you become part of our family. Leo makes sure to personally meet and greet each of our customers to keep a nice and friendly atmosphere.