|Construction on Sloppy Joe's last September|
The re-opening is scheduled for this month bringing back the memories of the glitz and glamor of the original establishment. It was a pleasure for me to tour the building last September during my visit to Havana and see all of the progress that had taken place. The long bar was being reconstructed and much of the ornamental trim being restored. Ernesto Iznaga is the manager of the reborn Sloppy Joe's feels that his primary job is "to restore it to how it was before".
It was not unusual to see the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Josie Russell ( Sloppy Joe from Key West), Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Errol Flynn, Nat King Cole, Baseballer Ted Williams, and even Babe Ruth enjoying the fun times at Sloppy Joe's. If and when the U.S. ever lifts it's embargo, I would not be surprised to see the likes of many current celebrities visiting Sloppy Joe's again.