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Cafe Habana Opens with Limited Lunch and Dinner Menus

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Elizabeth Daniels 5/10
Without further ado, one more round of finalized photos from Cafe Habana Malibu, the third eco-friendly eatery for owner Sean Meenan who has partnered with his sister Leslie and nightlife entrepreneur Rande Gerber on this venture. Much like New York's ever popular existing restaurants, Cafe Habana in Nolita and Habana Outpost in Brooklyn, Cafe Habana Malibu offers homestyle, Latin-inspired cuisine with a slightly more seasonal approach, and as of earlier today, the restaurant soft opened serving a limited menu. Right now the hours of operation are 12-4PM and then 5-midnight, with brunch and full lunch to begin in about a week. Eventually the hours will expand to 11Am to 2AM, nice!

Scroll through all 12 photos below to get a feel for the space which is clearly much larger than the original with tiles from the Domenican Republic, and check out that shot with the tequila bottles because you can see those bullet hole marks stamped into the bar.

As far as eco-friendly elements the restaurant relies on cold cathode lighting (uses 80% less electricity than incandescent bulbs), Sean reuses the restaurant’s cooking oil to fuel his 1965 Lincoln convertible, to-go bags/cutlery are made from sugarcane, potato, and/or corn, and server uniforms are made from recycled denim and organic cotton. Actually, it might make sense to work at Cafe Habana if only to score high-end garb which includes: Gourmet and Converse sneakers, Rogue Territory Denim Goods, J Brand jeans, and Kangol accessories.

As far as eats look for: Cubano Sandwich with Pulled Pork, Smoked Ham, Swiss Cheese, and Half Sour Pickles ($12); Camarones al Ajillo, a traditional Cuban recipe made with Giant “Maya” Shrimp sautéed in a Spicy Garlic Tomato Sauce ($25); Ensalada de la Casa, with Organic Greens, Jicama, Mango, and Raspberry Dressing ($8); Agua Chile de Camaron, a Shrimp and Citrus Ceviche with Cucumber and Habanero-cured Red Onion ($12); Red or Black Beans; Tostones (Twice-Fried Plantains); Grilled Corn Mexican Style, a grilled ear of corn served with Chili Powder, Lime, and Cotija Cheese ($6).
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Cafe Habana

23641 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, Ca