Cuba comes to Cleethorpes and Mexico to Meggies - take a peek at the resort's new venue

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 16 Apr 2019

A new Mexican and Cuban street food restaurant and bar with a selection of 250 different rums and tequilas is to open in Cleethorpes this week.

Havana Cabana will open this Friday on Sea View Street, with a special VIP launch taking place on Thursday, and its owner claims it will be the most "Instagrammable venue" in the region.

The new bar and restaurant will be run by Jax Hussain, who also owns its sister establishment across the road, Arthur's Bar, which has proved to be a big hit since opening last year.

Separated into two sections of a ground floor bar and upstairs restaurant, the new venue is hoping to bring a "slice of city life" to Cleethorpes, with its stylish decor and huge selection of drinks and food.

It will launch with 125 different rums and 125 tequilas, with Jax hoping to increase this to 500 each by the end of the year.

The walls of the premises have been decorated with Mexican and Cuban-themed murals painted by local artist Lynsey Powles, with the main piece in the restaurant, based on the famous Day of the Dead, taking her more than a week to complete.

The VIP Lounge at Havana Cabana (Image: Rick Byrne / Grimsbylive)

There will also be a dedicated VIP lounge, where guests will be able to reserve seats for up to 20 people at £2,000, to include food, drinks, mixers and table service.

Similar to Arthur's Bar, it will also have VIP cabinets that can be reserved for an entire year, where people will be able to store the drinks they want available on a given night, while they will also come with free food and mixers and options for local businesses to advertise on them.

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In order to encourage fun social media activity, there will also be a huge pink chair swing where guests can take selfies, along with a 'Champagne bubbly bath' that people will be able to take a dip in, without the fear the of getting wet.

Jax said: "Havana Cabana will be like nothing Cleethorpes has ever seen before and we are positive that it will become the most Instagrammable venue in the whole of North East Lincolnshire, and possible the north-east of England as a whole.

Havana Cabana bar manager Luke Coultas, left, and area manager Richard Montague, pictured in the Champagne bath (Image: Rick Byrne / Grimsbylive)

"On opening we will be offering 125 different rums and 125 different tequilas and we are hoping that by the end of the year, we will have improved that selection and offer 500 of each.

"Our plan is to bring a little bit of city life to our wonderful seaside community and there is no better place to open than on Sea View Street, where we are surrounded by lots of other brilliant local businesses, who each complement each other in their own way.

"We are lucky that here, we are able to get our hands on the very best locally sourced food and have some of the best suppliers in the whole country. But with this restaurant we are hoping to take things to another level, with the perfect balance of authentic Cuban and Mexican street food and premium drinks, at affordable prices."

The new restaurant will create 15 new jobs in the area and is still hiring bar and floor staff, as well as looking for an experienced chef to help out with the team in the kitchen.

Reservations are currently available for the VIP cabinets, and for places at the VIP opening on Thursday and the official launch on Friday.

For more information, see the Havana Cabana Facebook Page or call 01472 286300.

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