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Omnivore - Havana Sandwich Shop reopens Nov. 3

Havana Sandwich Shop fans have a reason to rejoice.

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Despite conflicting reports on opening dates (and locations), I received confirmation today from Havana's co-founder, Debbie Benedit, that she'll reopen next week at 3979 Buford Highway in the Crossroads Village Shopping Center (Buford Highway and Clairmont Road) 404-633-7549.

Debbie writes in her sweet note:

I am Debbie Benedit, one of the co-founders along with my late husband, Eddie and his dad, Guido that opened Havana Sandwich Shop in 1976. Right before the fire that destroyed the Buford Highway location, my son, Eddie, opened up in Canton. One month later, Atlanta burned down. For the past year, I have been trying to find a "new home" for my restaurant and my life of 32 years. On a wing and a prayer, and a WHOLE lot of help and support from my kids, friends and a wonderful general contractor, we have done just that. The "Original Havana Sandwich Shop/Restaurant" will be opening next week.

Me, my son Eddie, the girls, that have been with Havana for 15-20 years are all coming back. We look forward to seeing you and all our friends from "the old yellow brick building."

Debbie also writes that she has launched a new website for Havana. Congratulations to Debbie and her family. I know I'm looking forward to dining at the new digs of my old favorite next week.

(Photo by Jennifer Zyman)