In 1998, Sean Meenan built Café Habana in an old-school Dominican diner that had been holding it down on the corner of Elizabeth and Prince long before NoLita was born. Inspired by a storied Mexico City lunch joint where legend has it Che and Fidel plotted the Cuban Revolution, Café Habana is a mix of straight-shooter authenticity and nonchalant cool.
Fourteen years later, it's a veritable institution, replete with celebrity sightings, reviewer accolades and dedicated aficionados. It's the kind of place where old-time neighborhood denizens pull rank on beautiful hipsters for the best tables, and that's not up for negotiation on anyone's watch.
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Sean Meenan is a New Orleans-based entrepreneur, best known for his creation of the acclaimed Café Habana restaurant brand, his eco-conscious philanthropic organization Habana Works, the iconic Brooklyn Love Building, as well as his development of several
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