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Once more famous Havana bar, Sloppy Joe reopens after 50 years

Sloppy Joe, one of the most famous bars in pre-revolutionary Havana and a former U.S. tourist haven and movie stars like John Wayne, Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable, reopened its doors on Friday, nearly 50 years later closure.

Waiters dressed in black uniforms and orange drinks and tapas to a mixture of tourists and Cubans, some of whom had been waiting years for the reopening of the historic water well.

“I’m very excited. Sloppy Joe is open. I can not believe it.

The past and present are united, “said Barbara, an American tourist from New York who has been visiting in Havana during the last ten years, and followed the long-awaited restoration of the bar.

Sloppy Joe’s Bar was founded by Spanish immigrant Jose Garcia, who took the U.S. Prohibition era of 1920-1933, when American tourists came to Havana to drink and play at home.

The bar was nationalized along with most of the companies in the 1960s when the revolutionary forces of Fidel Castro took power and languished until it closed in 1965.

The restoration, done by the Office of the Historian of Havana, began in 2007. The office is in charge of a massive remake of the historic Old City of Havana, considered one of the best jewelry preserved colonial architecture in the Caribbean, as well as a lucrative tourist attraction for cash-strapped government of Cuba, directed by the Communists.

The ruined building was carefully restored vintage photos and materials donated by people associated with the bar, both in Cuba and abroad.

“What interests me is to work to restore to my city, to our city, a whole series of things that are part of his memory …. To restore Sloppy Joe is returning to Havana where artists, baseball players , tourists all gathered, “said Eusebio Leal, director of the Office of the Historian of Havana.

“The ultimate goal is not commercial, it is to exploit a name. Brings is the opportunity to recover a significant memory of Havana,” said Leal.


Among the most famous attractions of Sloppy Joe was the bar itself, stretching 60 feet (18 meters). It was immortalized in the 1959 film “Our Man in Havana” starring Alec Guinness and based on the novel by British writer Graham Greene – one of the old customers Sloppy Joe.

Parts of the original bar were preserved and restored to original splendor. Ernesto Iznagas, new director of Sloppy Joe, said the bar offers a wide range of food and drinks are served at its peak “, specifically foods such as sauces, snacks and sandwiches.”

“I’m super happy. Went through here every day. Kept the restoration from the beginning and I came today because I wanted to see how it looks,” said an excited José Luis Rodriguez, 80, the former owner of a nearby bar which was also nationalized in the 60s.

“It’s exactly what it was. These tiles were put down are the same color as before. All the same, despite altering the entrance and put on the air conditioning, which keeps the same drinks and snacks, which is what the place was famous for, “said Rodriguez, who does not eat or drink, because prices in foreign currency went beyond his pension in Cuban pesos.