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A little piece of Cuba in Havana Central
Back in 2001, Jeremy Merrin was looking for a new, entrepreneurial concept. He loves Latin cooking and frequented local Cuban restaurants. After seeing the popularity of many local Cuban restaurants, he began to think about a concept where people could get big plates of rice and beans for reasonable prices. However, he knew nothing about the restaurant business. After extensive interviewing, Jeremy met with Arlene Spiegel, a restaurant consultant, and former restaurant owner. Together, they decided that there is a great opportunity in Cuban cuisine and dedicated the next nine months to create a restaurant plan that had the best possible chance of success.
Jeremy’s first hire, to manage the restaurant was Stanley Licairac. Stanley was (and still is) instrumental in setting the culinary direction and very much the atmosphere of Havana Central. Stanley is currently the Executive Chef of Havana Central.
On June 24th, 2002, Havana Central opened its doors to a big crowd and great reviews.