Those who clicked on Tom Sietsema‘s spring dining guide today found Little Havana in the Post critic’s list of his ten favorite new spots alongside powerhouse restaurants like St. Anselm and Three Blacksmiths. But today restaurateur Alfredo Solis said he’s wavering on what to do with his Cuban concept. This morning a press release was emailed to a group of reporters announcing the restaurant would close this Saturday and reopen as a Mexican restaurant, Anafre, in June.
But then Solis had a change of heart. “We’re going to keep it open another couple of months,” he tells City Paper. “I made the decision too fast. I love Cuban. I love what I’m doing, but the support of the neighborhood isn’t there. It’s hard to keep my staff. I’m trying my best to bring in more customers.”
He says he’s going to operate Little Havana for six more months and then see if he wants to give Anafre a try. Should it come to fruition at the same address at Little Havana or elsewhere, Anafre will focus on food cooked over charcoal. The word anafre refers to the clay pots used for cooking in rural Mexico. It’s an ode to his mother, who raised a family without gas or electricity.
Little Havana is on the same strip of 14th St. NW as Solis’ Mexican restaurant Mezcalero and Taqueria Habanero from owners Mirna Alvarado-Montero and Dio Montero.
Little Havana, 3704 14th St NW; (202) 758-2127; littlehavanadc.com