Food & Drink

New Cuban Restaurant Opens in Westfield

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Owner Luis Perez (center) along with staff Ryan Johnson and Johnny Rodriguez prepare for lunch service at new Cuban restaurant "1958". Credits: Kate Brochu
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A preview of the "1958" pre-opening menu Credits: Kate Brochu
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1958 Cuban Cuisine Restaurant located at 301 South Ave is open for lunch and dinner with a grand opening event planned for December 3 at 3pm Credits: Kate Brochu
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1958 Cuban Cuisine Restaurant prepares for lunch hour at their new downtown Westfield location. Credits: Kate Brochu
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158 Cuban Cuisine is now serving lunch and dinner at their 301 South Ave location. An official Grand Opening event is scheduled for Dec. 3. Credits: Kate Brochu
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WESTFIELD, NJ — New restaurant 1958 Cuban Cuisine is officially open for lunch and dinner. Located at 301 South Ave, on the corner of South Ave and Boulevard, the restaurant offers authentic Cuban cuisine including Ropa Vieja and Churrasco a la Cubana. According to the restaurant’s Cuban owner, Luis Perez, the restaurant is named for the “last great year in Cuba” before Fidel Castro took control in 1959.

“We are very thankful for all of the support from residents and downtown management,” said Perez, who also owns Sofi’s Color Lounge in Westfield, Summit and Cranford. “We are so excited that people are so excited,” he said, adding that the Downtown Westfield Corporation was extremely helpful in getting business up and running and that he feels that the town, along with its residents, really wants to see the restaurant succeed.   

1958 Cuban Cuisine was originally slated to be a joint venture with the Perezes and popular food truck, Daisy’s Taste of Cuba. The partnership dissolved and the restaurant is now exclusively owned by husband and wife duo Luis and Sophia Perez.

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The BYO restaurant will have an official grand opening event on Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. and will feature small bites and samples of their menu.

Perez said that he welcomes feedback from residents and hopes that people will share their opinions of the restaurant and their experience with him and his staff.

“It helps me get better,” he said.

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