By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Oct 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM

For the eighth straight year, October is Dining Month on, presented by Locavore, the newest restaurant at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2014."

Seven months ago, I visited a Puerto Rican restaurant called La Caribeña, 1704 S. Pearl St., because it was new and generating a positive buzz.

While there, I met co-owner Edwin Ordonez, who shared information about his interesting and challenging past, the story of how his restaurant evolved and the fact he wanted to someday open a much larger restaurant, sports bar and nightclub.

Tonight, Ordonez – along with his two business partners – will open Mango’s Tropical Bar & Grill, 721 S. Cesar Chavez Dr.

"This will be the most unique sports club and night club in the city," says Ordonez. "We want to bring something new to Milwaukee."

Ordonez owns the business with Frank Sandino, who also owns Milwaukee's Bamboo Lounge, and Greg Kieckbusch, who formerly managed Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants and created much of the Mango’s menu.

Mango’s is based on a Florida establishment of the same name. It’s located inside a massive space featuring two stories and three bars, each with a different theme (including a tiki lounge). The interior is equipped with a full kitchen, a small casino, "video walls," murals and more.

The large, free parking lot in front of the club will definitely be an asset.

Mango’s menu features "bar food with a tropical twist." Highlights include wings, Caribbean shish-ka-bobs and "Juicy Lucy" burgers, which are hamburgers stuffed with melted cheese.

There’s also a menu item called "The Tsunami" – a one-pound cheese-stuffed burger topped with two fried eggs, pork shoulder, avocado and more.

"Anyone who can eat it in under 15 minutes gets it free," says Ordonez.

Ordonez hopes Mango’s will serve as an entertainment destination for a diverse group of Milwaukeeans who are interested in food, music, sports, drinking, hanging out and / or dancing.

"I really want to combine the communities – Latin, Caucasian, African American," he says. "People are going to know Mango’s."

Mango’s grand opening takes place tonight – Friday, Oct. 17 – at 9 p.m. The event will feature music by DJ Mighty Thor and free cupcakes by Cuppie Cakes Creations. There is no cover.

According to Ordonez, a ribbon-cutting will take place with Mayor Tom Barrett at 5:30 p.m.

Mango’s will be open seven days a week, starting at 3 p.m.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.