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Gabriel Marrero at Tropicaleo

Tropicaleo is a Puerto Rican and Caribbean restaurant located at the Avondale Mills Shopping Center at 4426 4th Avenue South. The restaurant offers a vegan menu as well as meat dishes and cocktails.

The business was founded by Gabriel Marrero as a pop-up food stand. It was the tenant of the "Reveal Kitchen" at Pizitz Food Hall from February to August 2017 before opening its permanent restaurant, a short walk from Cahaba Brewing Company, in October of that year.

The business survived shutdowns caused by the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, but was forced to temporarily close in April 2021 because of supply interruptions and a shortage of workers. The restaurant reopened in August of the same year.


  • Walsh, Lauren (April 20, 2021) "Alabama businesses struggle to hire amid labor shortage."
  • Byington, Pat (August 23, 2021) "Popular Puerto Rican eatery returns after brief hiatus. What’s new." Bham Now

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