Newly opened in the Gaslamp District is Havana 1920, the latest concept from GBOD Hospitality Group. Said to channel Hemingway-era Havana, the restaurant will serve classic Cuban dishes cooked by executive chef Anthony Porras. Some of the menu items include croquetas of jamón and cheese; classic Cuban croquettes made with ham and creamy béchamel; a Cubano sandwich, of sliced slow roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on Cuban bread; and ropa vieja, which is shredded beef cooked in tomato sauce with peppers and onion.
The restaurant, which can hold 80 guests, also boasts a robust bar program. Beverage director and lead mixologist Ryan Andrews has curated a collection of more than 150 rums including British Navy and hard-to-find Appleton Estate Joy. The bar will also serve signature cocktails, like the Havana 1920 Daiquiri, made with Havana Club añejo rum, fresh lime juice and fresh sugar cane syrup or the Havana1920 Mojito, made with Havana Club añejo blanco rum, fresh lime juice, yerba buena, fresh-pressed sugar cane juice, fresh sugar cane syrup and club soda.
“Havana 1920 celebrates my personal heritage, and with that, we created a place that really transports guests to Hemingway’s Cuba,” said Joe Santos, COO of GBOD Hospitality Group, whose grandparents migrated from the United States to Cuba. “From music to décor and dishes and drinks to service, every guest is wrapped in the spirit of Cuba.”
Havana 1920 is open every day beginning at 5:00 PM.