West End gets first taste of Kuba Kuba Dos

Kuba Kuba's second location at opened this week. Photos by Jonathan Spiers.

Kuba Kuba’s second location on Ridge Road opened this week. Photos by Jonathan Spiers.

Kuba Kuba has arrived in the West End.

Restaurateurs Johnny Giavos and Manny Mendez this week opened Kuba Kuba Dos at 403 N. Ridge Road in the Tuckahoe Shopping Center. They opened the first Kuba Kuba about 16 years ago in the Fan.

The Cuban and Caribbean restaurant’s new home was formerly Flinn’s Restaurant, which closed in December after four years in business. Giavos and Mendez took over the previous owner’s lease after Flinn’s closed and went to work renovating the space.

“The place is beautiful,” Giavos said. “After buying it, we probably spent about 100 grand to get it open.”

The second Kuba Kuba location has a similar menu to the original.

In addition to Kuba Kuba, Mendez owns C&N Galley in Forest Hill. Giavos also owns Sidewalk Cafe, Kitchen 64, Stella’s and Continental Westhampton. He recently opened Stella’s Grocery, a neighborhood market, at 1007 Lafayette St. in the Near West End. The market has beer, wine, meats and cheeses, and will eventually add more prepared food.

Next month Giavos said he plans to open another neighborhood market at 119 E. Grace St. downtown, next to Perly’s.

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