Reina Bermudez & her husband Rafael Soler began selling food at the Red Hook Ball fields in Brooklyn, NY about eleven years ago. They began their business by borrowing money from friends and family to purchase an old van, 2 tables, a grill, a coffee pot, and few utensils. They always tell the story of their first sale at the ball fields:

“Our first costumer ordered a coffee' they fondly recall, 'he handed us a $20 bill. We were so nervous and inexperienced that we forgot to bring change to break the bill. Embarrassed, we ended up giving away the coffee for free. That was our first sale!”


Like many micro-entrepreneurs, Reina & Rafael had no previous professional or vocational experience in the food industry. However, they had a good food product, a vision, and the willingness to work hard, learn from mistakes, and the perseverance that is trademark of those entrepreneurs that dared to dream, did, and finally conquered their goals of prosperity.


Throughout the years, Reina & Rafael's business grew and eventually expanded, incorporating as SOLBER PUPUSAS in 2010. They currently own a food truck at the Red Hook Ball Fields, Brooklyn, NY which operates seasonally on weekends from May through October, and food stands at the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg markets, which operates Saturdays & Sundays, May through November at Fort Greene and Williamsburg, Brooklyn locations respectively. Their featured food product is the Pupusa, a traditional dish from Reina's native country, El Salvador.


Reina & Rafael have earned quite a reputation both as Red Hook Food Vendors, as well as Brooklyn Flea vendors. They have been featured in several News articles, magazines, and prominent food blogs including The New York Times, New Yorker, and Serious Eats. Rafael & his truck were featured as cameo appearances in one of chef Bobby Flay's TV episodes, Throwdown! With Bobby Flay. Rafael was a Vendy award Finalist in 2008. The Vendy's are a competition of the best 5 street food vendors in NYC, selected of over 13,000 vendors chosen by New Yorkers. In 2009, they were featured in an independent film festival that was later featured in the food network show Food, Curated by Liza de Guia. Most prominently, in late fall they were discovered by Martha Stewart & invited to cook pupusas in her show, Martha Stewart Live which aired nationally in January, 2010. In 2011, Reina & Rafael were again chosen to participate at the Vendy awards, this time competing under their business name: SOLBER PUPUSAS.