Habana To-Go, a takeout and delivery branch of Cafe Habana that stands across the street from their noisy, perpetually busy Habana Outpost in Fort Greene, is no more.
The blue facade of the storefront at 690 Fulton Street, at the corner of South Portland Avenue, has been painted black. The sign now says “Brisket Brothers” over the door. The spot opened for business Sunday, October 20, according to a Facebook post from the Fulton Business Alliance.
Representatives for Habana did not respond to a request for comment.
Brisket Brothers is “serving up sandwiches, burgers and sides,” FAB’s post reveals. A flier published on Google Maps says the restaurant is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. They offer free delivery.
According to a representative from the Fulton Business Alliance, the owner is Bambi Jawad, whose brother, Ralph Jawad, is the owner of Ralph’s, a longstanding bodega and neighborhood mainstay at 89 Lafayette Street that closed briefly after its owner was arrested on drug charges in 2012.
Above the storefront, the side of the building still bears a mural from the Cafe Habana era with the phrase, “Spread love it’s the Brooklyn way,” a quotation of the lyrics from the song “Juicy” by The Notorious B.I.G., whose face is painted on the facade facing South Portland.
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