Tuesday, April 16, 2024

You might have to wait longer for Cuban food in Williamsburg. Here’s why

The front of Habana Hemingway Cafe. (WYDaily file)
The front of Habana Hemingway Cafe. (WYDaily file)

Those craving Cuban food in the Historic Triangle will have to wait.

Habana Hemingway Cafe, Williamsburg’s only Cuban restaurant, closed its doors at its current location, 264 McLaws Circle, Suite A.

“Due to a water pipe break, we are unable to re-open at this location,” according to the restaurant’s website. “We are looking for a new location. Please check back for future announcements. Thank you.”

The phone number listed for the restaurant was not in service and the Google listing for the business was marked as “permanently closed.”

The last Facebook post on the restaurant’s page was in July 2019. Another Facebook profile affiliated with the restaurant posted last in February.

WYDaily sent multiple messages to the owners but they were not immediately available for comment. The co-owner, Jose Lorenzo’s personal website shows photos of the artist’s music venture.

The cafe has been closed since early 2019 due to a water pipe break.

Habana Hemingway Cafe opened in January 2018 serving the Williamsburg community with authentic Cuban cuisine including the famous Cuban sandwich. The restaurant also offered dance classes, paint nights and cigars.

It’s unclear if the cafe’s food truck is still operating. The last post on the restaurant’s Instagram was from February 6.



Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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