In 1973, when Angelenos barely knew the Cuban food, Mr. and Mrs. Fernandez opened La Cubana Restaurant in what was the first location, on Elk St., Glendale, California. Their capital: $200.00. Yes, two hundred dollars, no mistake. Their goal: to offer the most delicious dishes from the Cuban cuisine at affordable prices.
La Cubana is a family owned and operated restaurant. Family has been doing all cooking for more than four decades. Everything began in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, many years ago when Fernando and Eneida met each other in their home town. They arrived in the United States in 1970 with children Juan and Mari.
"We are committed to bringing to our customers a feeling of appreciation on our part, so we serve only the finest quality foods. It has always been my father's number one priority to provide fine dining experience in a beautiful dining room surrounded by La Cubana Restaurant family," Mari said. " Our employees have all been at La Cubana for many years."
Only three years after the Fernandezes arrival, La Cubana Restaurant was born. Cleto (who prefers to be called Fernando) spent all this time working very hard seven days a week as a waiter. On August 19,1988 the restaurant moved to 720 E. Colorado St., also in Glendale.
On April 3, 1990 at the Burbank Hilton Hotel, La Cubana received a very important recognition: the California Restaurant Association Award in the ethnic category. This happened in a town full of ethnic restaurants.
La Cubana Restaurant is today one of a few places in Los Angeles area to live a wonderful Cuban experience. AAA's Westways magazine, Los Angeles Daily News, the Glendale News Press and other publications have positively reviewed La Cubana. Among orders of "congrí", shrimp, roast pork, steaks, sandwiches and black beans, customers also enjoy a photo gallery of Cuban historic places, including the Sancti Spiritus' Yayabo River.
As a courtesy of the Fernandezes, La Cubana plays all the old Cuban music, some of it takes Mari back to when she was a young girl, and now she also decided it was time to mix it with some of that great salsa music of today.
"I hope to continue to entertain our customers for many years to come by letting them experience the same thing I love, great Cuban food cooked just for that individual, great music, a great dessert (made by either Mari or Fernandez) with Cuban coffee or cafe con leche," Mari said.
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