Cuban Ambassador drops into Belfast’s own piece of Havana! (@CafeHavanaBlfst)

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It was a case of ‘Buenos Dias Your Excellency’ as the Cuban Ambassador to Ireland Teresita Trujillo paid a flying visit to inspect work in progress at Belfast’s new Café Havana.

The owners of the city newest café/restaurant were told half an hour before she arrived that Ms Trujillo was coming for a surprise visit to their Berry Street premises.

Patrick Magee, one of the partners, said the ambassador was very impressed by Havana-style décor of the new café, including the impressive murals.

“Although there is still some work to be done, Ms Trujillo really felt at home among the sights and symbols of her capital city,” he said.

“It is an amazing privilege to have the Cuban Ambassador travel from Dublin to see what we are doing. We have invited her back for a special reception to enjoy some Cuban food and beverages when we open.”

Ms Trujillo has put the owners in contact with the distributors of Cuba’s leading beers and rums, which will ensure the Café provides the public with an even more authentic taste of Havana.

“It was so good to have this seal of approval from the Cuban Embassy and shows that we definitely are on the right track,” added Mr Magee.

Café Havana officially opens for breakfast on Monday, July 1, Opening hours are 8am to 6pm on Monday to Wednesday, 8am to 11pm from Thursday to Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sundays, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The menu will include a mixture of Cuban, Latin American and European favourites, with 40% to 50% of the dishes from the famous Caribbean island.

Café Havana is at 56-58 Berry Street behind CastleCourt Shopping Centre. For more information check out Café Havana’s new Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/cafehavanabelfast or call the restaurant on 02890 748708.

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The sign is up and it’s all systems go for opening on Monday morning at 8am. We are open late Thursday to Saturday and will be taking bookings from Monday. Just call the restaurant on 02890748708. Cafe Havana is located at 56-58 Berry Street close to Kelly’s Cellars and Mourne Seafood. We are still waiting on our drinks licence and will be operating a BYO policy which will continue after the licence comes through. Keep an eye out for our menu and more information over the weekend.

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