3979 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3032933.859198 -84.310058
An Atlanta favorite for years, they didn't let a little thing like a fire at their old Druid Hills location get in their way. They've got fancy digs in a new shopping center, but the Cuban sandwich and black beans are just as delicious as before
Awesome Food at Havana – It looks like Atlanta won't have to worry about to not being able to find a good Cuban restaurant to go to. In response to previous comments regarding "Havana Restaurant" and who's opening it, all I can say is I know the owner, and he is legit. I can't wait to see Willie back in action again and reminisce about the great times we had working at the sandwich shop many years ago.
Dont be fooled – Please do not be fooled. The "Havana Owner" is just an imposter. Being a real owner and daughter of the originator Eduardo Benedit, I know that this is a fraud. The Havana Sandwich Shop you love and blessed with you loyalty will be reopening by the sweet little lady Debbie(original owner and founder) you are so used to seeing this week. Its on Buford Hwy up from Clairmont. We will be serving you the same deliciousness we've served for over 30 years. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you.
Great Food at Havana Sandwick Shop – Don't be fooled by the Havana Restaurant postings ...they are not the same guys who ran the Havana Sandwich Shop. Go by and see Eddie and Debbie plus the gang at their new location 3979 Buford Hwy @ The Crossroads Village Shopping. New place opens November 5th.
Statement from William Benedit – A statement from William Benedit concerning the two H***** Restaurants...
Dear fans of Cuban cuisine:
My father, Guido “Papi” Benedit, opened the Havana Sandwich Shop on Buford Highway in February, 1976. Papi, myself and my older brother Eddie all worked together to bring to Atlanta Cuban recipes from my mother and grandmother’s kitchen. In 1986 I left the sandwich shop to open a garage next door. Over the years, like many immigrant families, various members of our family moved in and out of the restaurant. In 1996 Papi retired leaving Eddie and his wife, Debbie, to run the business. After Eddie’s passing in 2001, Debbie continued to run the sandwich shop with her son Eddie Jr.
Folks grow and things change over time. I moved my garage away from Buford Highway. We were all shocked and saddened when the old Havana Sandwich Shop burned in October, 2008. In January, 2009, my sister in law, Debbie Benedit told the Cherokee Tribune she was joining her son to run the Cuban sandwich shop in Canton Her words were “..we decided to stop feeding strangers in Atlanta and start feeding our neighbors”. I naturally thought they had intended to abandon Atlanta, Buford Highway, and all those strangers.
When my wife was laid off in March, 2009, and returned to work at our automotive shop, I decided to return to the restaurant business, as Cuban sandwiches have become so popular now they are sold in Publix groceries. I knew we could recreate the home style Cuban cooking that was so loved. We incorporated under the name you’ve been seeing, and began to look for a suitable location on Buford Highway.
When we announced our intentions, my sister in law and nephew, Eddie Benedit, Jr. leased space further north on Buford Highway intending to open “Havana 76 Café”. We wished them well. In October, 2009, they put up the new signs saying “Havana Restaurant” right before they opened. As they are the most well known of the old Havana Sandwich Shop, and as my father’s old restaurant had the sign saying “Havana Restaurant”, I happily concede it to them and wish them well. We are not them and they are not us.
So let this talk of the “real” Cuban sandwich shop end. I am my father’s son and refugeed here with the rest of my family. I have as much right as anyone to try to serve you the best Cuban food available. We will be opening in January, 2010 at the entrance on NE Plaza Shopping Center. Let our food do our talking and may the best Cuban sandwich win. We'll keep you posted on the new name!!!
Thank you for your support,
THE place for cuban food – the best food at the best price with an awesome staff. can't wait until the re-opening!
original havana to reopen nov 2, 2009 – Come see us on Nov 2 in our new location at 3979 Buford Hwy. at the corner of Buford hwy and clairmont inside crossroads village shopping center.YES, WE ARE BACK! After a long year since the fire that destroyed old location, me, eddie the girls and the same great cuban food for over 32yrs. will be waiting for you! THE ONE, THE ONLY, ORIGINAL HAVANA is back in Atlanta! 404-633-7549, debbiebenedit@yahoo. for more info or Havana Restaurant on Facebook
havana – Ok Atlanta, are you ready? Havana has found a new home. We will be located at 3373 Buford Hwy, 1/2 mile north on Buford Hwy at the entrance of Northeast Plaza Shopping Center. Our projected opening date is January 1st!! The new location has plenty of... seating, and more importantly plenty of parking! With the extra space we have aquired, we have decided to add something special to the Havana experience. Friday and Saturday nights we will have a live Salsa band performing for our customers. We are looking forward to serving all of you very soon.
Havana Sandwich Shop Returns – The rebuilding should start soon and the best Cuban in Atlanta should be back by summers end! The wait is almost over
Best cuban sandwich in Atlanta – Ok Atlanta, are you ready? Havana has found a new home. We will be located at 3273 Buford Hwy, 1/2 mile north on Buford Hwy at the entrance of Northeast Plaza Shopping Center. Our projected opening date is January 1st!! The new location has plenty of... seating, and more importantly plenty of parking! With the extra space we have aquired, we have decided to add something special to the Havana experience. Friday and Saturday nights we will have a live Salsa band performing for our customers. We are looking forward to serving all of you very soon.closer to the opening date, we will e-mail coupons to everyone.
We are very excited about opening the restaurant and serving each and every one of you.
Best cuban in town – Ok...if you've read the other reviews for Havana, it's not the most authentic Cuban in town...but for the price, I think they have the best Cuban sammy, yucca fries and BB's. It's a total hole in the wall, but that's what makes it cool...you have to KNOw to go...the Cuban sammy is good, the rice and beans are good and everything is sooooo cheap that you can forgive the other reviewers issues...enjoy...it's a lot better than other "cuban" offerings in town at half the price
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