Wednesday, June 18, 2014


A photo was sent to us via Twitter that showed an empty Havanna Central at 114th and the sender wondered if the Cuban chain had shuttered its Morningside Heights location.  As some might recall, this spot was originally The West End Bar of which the Beat Generation poets like Kerouac and Ginsberg made famous since they were regulars there in their younger years.  That establishment went out of business about 8 years ago and the more commercial Havanna Central took over.

A Twitter response from Havanna Central was also received yesterday which mentioned that they were moving on to a location more befitting to what the restaurant was going for.  With that said, does anyone want to come in to restore this famous Beat bar to its 1940s glory?  In our opinion, poetry readings, live music and showcasing artists along with some old school bar aesthetics would really work with the new generation of students in the area by Columbia University.

More on the closing of the West End can be found in this Times article: LINK


  1. Would love to know more information on this location.
    Looking to bring our business to Harlem and this would
    be perfect for us. Thank you..Janne't

  2. this would be an excellent spot for a Busboys and Poets-type place