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You say Havana, I say Habanas

Submitted by on 1, July 29, 2010 – 4:45 am3 Comments

A reader forwarded me an e-mail the other day saying Havana restaurant, the Cuban place at the corner of Park and Weber, had left on July 22 after two and a half years here. I ran to Facebook, which has become the official home of such gustatory farewells, and was greeted by the expected farewell message from the Havana folks and enticements to come to their flagship restaurant in Walnut Creek.

“Thank you so much for your support! It was a very hard decision to make, but one that we were forced into making due to the economy and the partnership. It just became impossible for us to keep Havana in Alameda,” they wrote to a fan who commented on their page.

I was mourning the loss of my favorite crab cakes and boniato garlic fries when the husband weighed in. He’d walk right by there during the Park Street Art & Wine Faire on Sunday, and the place was still open.


As it turns out, the restaurant is still open, with what looks like the same menu but a new name: Habanas, according to both Yelp! and the sandwich board set up outside the restaurant.

I called to ask about the closure announcement, which the Habanas folks dismissed as a “prank.”

“We just split a business partner off, that’s all,” they said.

Still waiting to hear back on my e-mail to the Havana folks, who announced on Facebook that they’re looking for a new location for a second restaurant. Stay tuned.

In other Island biz news, the city’s looking for someone to take the Park Street space formerly held by Robek’s. They’ve put out an RFP to fill the 1,470-square-foot space, which is here (scroll down). Two Webster Street, meanwhile, have made moves: Needle in a Haystack, which offered sewing and knitting supplies, has moved to a new space at 1734 Clement Street. And Almost Home Antiques has moved to Berkeley, where they are hoping to open anew in a few weeks.


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