As for Cafe Habana, it will re-emerge in the basement of the old Parthenon, underneath a new South American restaurant called Lena (pronounced LAY-nuh). "August 30 is the planned date, but I've never yet seen a restaurant open on the planned date," says Steve Thrall, 2Mission's director of marketing. It will be interesting to see how the public feels about the bright, chalky green paint job on the bricks and marquee. At least some folks here have seen it before: it was the original color of Cunningham Drugs, which occupied the spot before the Parthenon.
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[Originally published in September, 2012.]
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