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Havana nights: Authentic Cuban vibes unleashed at new Gaslamp restaurant/bar

Havana nights: Authentic Cuban vibes unleashed at new Gaslamp restaurant/bar

The hospitality group behind Havana 1920, the new Cuban restaurant/bar in the Gaslamp Quarter, is named GBOD, an acronym for Go Big or Die. The 3-year-old San Diego restaurant company’s fearless business philosophy has happily paid off with a string of successful ethnic eateries. But they were merely the appetizer for Havana 1920, GBOD’s biggest shoot-for-the-moon enterprise yet.

Havana 1920 is the passion project of Chief Operating Officer Joe Santos. He’s the grandson of Cuban immigrants, and the restaurant’s pastel-colored walls, historical décor, menu and classic cocktails are a love letter to his family and the traditional dishes he grew up eating.

“Havana 1920 has...

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