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Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?

posted on October 30, 2009 at 5:38 am

There have been conflicting reports of where and when Havana will resurface. Apparently, two restaurants named Havana are slated to open on Buford Highway in the near future. And two different people—Debbie Benedit and William Benedit—claim they are resurrecting the original “Havana.”
Mrs. Benedit (pictured above in the black shirt) has given me her side of the story. However, I have been unable to reach Mr. Benedit for a comment at this time.
Stay tuned as I gather additional facts and get to the bottom of this.
(photo from Debbie Benedit’s website, www.havanarestaurantatlanta.com)
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18 comments

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: Anonymous · October 30, 2009  8:01 AM

    Debbie Benedit has been the back bone of Havana's and will remain the the back bone of this business….Go girl!…can't wait to come and eat…see ya soon.

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: Anonymous · November 2, 2009  5:11 PM

    I rode by the place this evening and the regular ladies were in the setting up. Can't wait until tomorrow

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: Anonymous · November 3, 2009  8:05 AM

    So it this opening today?

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · November 3, 2009  8:08 AM

    That's what I was told via email by Debbie.

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: Anonymous · November 3, 2009  8:25 AM

    found this posted last Wednesday claiming that it is opening on Nov. 16th due to delayed Dekalb Health inspection:

    http://atlanta.daybooknetwork.com/story/2009/10/18/26004havana10.15.09.shtml

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: flourpwr · November 3, 2009  6:47 PM

    Went by today. No tables yet. They are still working to get it ready. One worker said come back Friday. That's Nov. 6

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: flourpwr · November 4, 2009  1:43 PM

    According to an insider, Havana
    will have a "Grand ReOpening" on Nov. 16th but will be open for business prior to that.

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: flourpwr · November 7, 2009  7:42 AM

    I'm a little reluctant to post on this again…but…I'm sure it's not easy to predict all the obstacles to opening a new business, especially in this case. Check the website for Havana. Jennifer posted it below in an October 28 announcement. It now says Grand Re-Opening Monday Nov. 9, 2009. For a while the website was down.

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: Anonymous · November 8, 2009  4:16 PM

    Note on the door of the restaurant says opening is November 10th

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: Bren · November 13, 2009  12:55 PM

    what's the hype? Is the food great? heard a lot of it, but never been. would be so interested in trying their Cuban food. thanks for posting this. (I'm assuming Mr. and Mrs. Benedit are no no Mr./Mrs.?)

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: Bren · November 13, 2009  12:57 PM

    ahhh. just read the older post. I see now. well, glad she's able to bounce back and offer ATL our awesome food!

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: Tom L. · November 14, 2009  9:08 AM

    What's the relationship between Debbie & William? "Benedit" can't be a coincidence.

    William's location @ 3373 Buford Hwy is set to open January 1, 2010
    http://www.facebook.com/william.benedit#/group.php?v=wall&gid=129794161399

    Debbie's location @ 3979 Buford Highway is set to open November 16th, 2009.
    http://www.havanarestaurantatlanta.com/

    Guess the comparisons will be made in 2010.

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: Anonymous · November 14, 2009  9:12 AM

    In other cuban news: I heard rumor that Kool Korners has reopened. Anyone know?

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: Anonymous · November 14, 2009  2:13 PM

    On may way to Mercado in the Northeast Plaza shopping center on Buford Highway I see alot of retrofit activity on the yellow building in front of the shopping center. On closer inspection I see a sign in the window that says Havana Sandwich. For a year no Havana Sandwich. Now we may have two if they ever open!

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: flourpwr · November 14, 2009  8:06 PM

    William Benedit is the brother of Debbie Benedit's late husband Eddie Sr. DMB expains here, in a comment:http://tonetoatlanta.blogspot.com/2009/11/havana-restaurant-crisis.html

    I think Debbie's middle initial is M. From other posts I've read, I don't get the impression William wishes success for Debbie's venture.

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: Anonymous · November 20, 2009  12:10 PM

    Went by last night (Thursday 11/19) on my way to Lee's Bakery and sign on the door of Havana said open tomorrow for sure. If it is open, I will be eating dinner there tonight.

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: Anonymous · November 20, 2009  4:38 PM

    They were open today. Cuban sandwich tasted even better than I remember.

  • Re: Big trouble in little Havana: Will the real phoenix please stand up?
    posted by: Anonymous · November 30, 2009  12:19 PM

    I went last week and the Arroz con Pollo was as good as ever.

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