The likes of such celebrities as Beny More, Tony y Olga, and others frequently visited the restaurant. By the late 1950’s, the demands of the growing family restaurant led to a big decision. Ultimately, it was decided to enlarge the restaurant and open the “Salon Colonial”. The Restaurant expanded to sit over 2000 guests. Rincon Criollo now had a Children’s Play area with pony rides and play grounds, two separate sitting areas and private rooms for parties. It was “un mundo” as Jesus Rene would call it. The roof was thatched with palm tree leaves. The orchestra played on the terrace where famous artists, baseball players, and politicians alike gathered to dance and enjoy. For the Acosta brothers, it was a ticket to success. And then, it was taken from them by government officials after the triumph of the communist revolution in 1962.
The summer of 1976 saw a new beginning. Jesus Rene Acosta and Rodobaldo Acosta, the two youngest Acosta brothers opened a “new” Rincon Criollo. A neighbor from Santiago de Las Vegas had re-opened his meat shop on Junction Blvd in Corona and suggested they consider opening a new restaurant there. On May 17, 1976, they re-opened Rincon Criollo at 40-09 Junction Blvd. Sticking to the same recipes for classic dishes like Rope Vieja, Picadillo, and Lechon Asado, experience success once again. Celia Cruz, Jon Secada, and others who have visited the restaurant, have their pictures on the wall.