Restaurant recently opened on Packerland Drive
Cornelius and her fiance, Jorge E. Soto Colon, opened Gali's restaurant on Packerland Drive three weeks ago.
"My goal is to bring something to Green Bay I never encountered," she said.
Key ingredients include pork, beef and chicken, rice and beans and plantain, which resembles a banana but does not taste like one and is used more like a potato. Meats are often marinated.
Puerto Rican recipes resemble Spanish and Mexican fare but have other influences as well, including African and Amerindian Taínos.
"If not for that, I wouldn't have been able to get a loan," she said.
She said there is a surprisingly strong Oneida/Puerto Rican connection. English and Spanish will be spoken at the restaurant.