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Cuban Restaurant Brings Ropa Vieja to Downtown Austin

Cuba 512 is now open on Congress Avenue

Cuba 512’s ropa vieja
Cuba 512’s ropa vieja
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

South Austin Cuban restaurant Cuba 512 is opening a second location right in the downtown area. The new restaurant will be found at 906 Congress Avenue, as reported by Austin 360, and it is now open as of Wednesday, April 17.

The Cuban restaurant is known for its dishes from the Caribbean country, like ropa vieja, arroz con pollo, mariscada Cubana, flan, and, yes, Cuban sandwiches, plus much more. There are also cocktails (mojitos, Cuba libres), as well as coffees (both alcoholic and not), sodas, fruity milkshakes, and more.

The downtown restaurant will feature a limited version of the original menu, plus a full bar. It is open for lunch and dinner. Its hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

For its downtown restaurant, Cuba 512 took over sandwich chain shop Planet Sub’s old location, which closed last summer.

Owner Iskander Gener originally opened Cuba 512 as Guantanamera Cuban Cuisine back in 2015 at 6800 Westgate Boulevard. The name change happened in 2016, because he wanted “to further embrace [the restaurant’s] authentic Cuban inspiration,” according to a release.

This article has been updated to reflect the opening status of Cuba 512 and its downtown menu.

Cuba 512 [Downtown]

906 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701 Visit Website

Cuba 512

6800 West Gate Blvd #112, Austin, Texas 78745 Visit Website