The one thing missing is a Cuban restaurant
I was chatting with a Grove restaurant owner who says one reason we don't have a Cuban restaurant is that the rents are too high. A $5 Cuban Sandwich would cost $12 to 15 in the Grove and the place would not survive. Those $4.99 breakfasts you see in Cuban restaurants would not be $4.99 here either. The whole business plan would not work.
But I did love Havana Grove. Remember them? They had excellent food at an excellent price but of course they are no longer around due to the high cost of doing business around here.
Havana Grove is where LoKal is now on Commodore Plaza.
I listed some of the food and prices on the Havana Grove menu here in 2009. Such great prices and such excellent food. I used to love the fish. It was such an excellent hangout, people would run in and out for coffee and pastries and of course have meals. The police would hang out at the counter. It was a real neighborly place.
The closest place to get a Cuban sandwich is the Bookstore, but they don't make it right, they use brioche. I mean, what is a Cuban sandwich or Media Noche without Cuban bread? They need to change that, I think they would sell more.
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