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‘Just Like Home Cooking:' San Jose's Only Cuban Restaurant Recreates the Magic of Havana

If you're wondering where San Jose's only Cuban restaurant went - fret no more. 

Habana Cuba went on a brief hiatus but is now back at a new location in downtown San Jose. 

The beloved Cuban favorite made its grand re-opening on Friday at SoFA Market on South First Street. The once sit-down restaurant is revamping its style and is now a counter-style urban eatery. 

“We’ve gone from a full-service dining market to a Cuban Urban Eatery because I still want to show that the love is still there in the food but in a market type style,” said the owner of Habana Cuba, Jane Echeverri. “Things are changing all around San Jose and I just feel like we're in the right place - the SoFA District is known for the music, the art and there’s a lot of street festivals and a lot of salsa dancing.” 

Jennifer Gonzalez / NBC Bay Area

The restaurant, which has been a San Jose local favorite since 1994 made the decision to close the doors of their Race Street location in late March. Unlike their sit-down restaurant, the revamped Habana Cuba will have a limited menu but will still offer many of the community favorites. 

Local fans of Habana Cuba can expect to see Cuban sandwiches, Ropa Vieja, tostones, yucca fries and more.

Jennifer Gonzalez / NBC Bay Area
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