New Miami Restaurant Glorifying Castro, Communism

MIAMI – A new restaurant slated to open in Brickell honors Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and communism, and Miamians are outraged.

“Do you believe Cafe Habana will be given humble pie when they come here?” CBS4 News inquired of a Brickell resident.

Antonio Serbia said simply, “Certainly!”


Forget the corn and the other ostensibly Cuban-Mexican dishes on the menu. Cafe Habana has already put a foul taste in Miamians’ mouths before they have even tasted anything on its menu.

“Miami history 101 would tell you not to promote anything pro-Castro or pro-Che Guevara – and they did,” Ronnie Overman shouted.

“It’s a smack in the face to Cubans, it’s tone deaf, it’s disrespectful, you’re simply trying to cash off of it, it’s atrocious,” said Josue, a Miami influencer who runs the Instagram page “What Josue Has To Say.”


Cafe Habana, which already has outlets in New York City, Malibu, and Tokyo, will launch in Brickell this spring. However, prior to its relocation to the Magic City, the restaurant employed its own magic to scrub its origin narrative clean like a set of filthy dishes.


“The fact that they updated their description just before the Miami opening gives the impression that you know what you’re doing, and you’re simply trying to capitalize on the trend that’s currently in Miami,” Josue continued.

The restaurant no longer claims to have been “inspired by a renowned Mexico City hotspot, where rumor has it Che Guevara and Fidel Castro plotted the Cuban Revolution.”


In reality, it’s a piece of history that many Cubans wish didn’t exist, much as the painting of the infamous rapper Biggie Smalls dressed as a commandant on the side of the New York City site.

“It’s a shame they don’t know where they’re placing their restaurant,” Serbia stated.

“I just think there are some unforgivable sins, and in Miami, that happens to be one of them,” Overman said.


CBS4 News attempted to contact and email Cafe Habana but received no answer.

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