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Cubana (Waterloo), founded by our Hero Entrepreneur, Phillip Oppenheim, are back to complete the final phase of their roof terrace development. The Cubana bar-restaurant in Waterloo has become one of London's most loved venues, known for its fresh-tropical cocktails, slow-cooked, Cuban and Latin-American food and late-night live Latin music. With the funds raised they will be completing their roof terrace development, boosting customer-space by 30%, ready for Spring.

The authentic taste of Cuba!

Welcome to Cubana, delivering an authentic Latin American experience in London. We take inspiration from the lively mix of Spanish, African, Caribbean, and French influences to create a range of dishes, such as ropa vieja, pollo criollo, picadillo, and of course the traditional Cuban sandwich. We also have an in-house bakery, where we produce handmade bread and pastries, and roast top-quality coffee beans. Get the party started with our fresh cocktails, including the iconic Mojito we bought to the UK back in the ’90s and have made, to date, over 2 million of them!

We were one of the first restaurants to adopt fully sustainable policies. We offer lots of vegan and vegetarian dishes and our produce is 100% free-range and we've been awarded the Good Egg Award and Good Sow Commendation in 2015 for compassion in world farming; our fish is MSC-certified as well. Cubana has also been virtually plastics free for some time now, using only compostable and biodegradable takeaway boxes, cups and cutlery at our famous lunch-time Street Food stand. Even bio-straws are now only on-request due to reported issues with bio-straws breaking down. And if you bring your own food boxes, you save £1 on Cubana's street food.

Cubana sits at the head of Lower Marsh, a street rapidly developing a reputation as an indie food and shopping destination with two new hotels opening this Spring. All of this has helped us grow record sales, prompting a £250,000 roof terrace development which will boost customer-space by 30%. Construction has started on the project, which has been expanded to cater for peak time demand and has already been helped with Crowd2fund support. Now we are funding the final phases, due to complete this Spring, funded by our own resources and with further help from Crowd2fund.


Business keeps the raised amount even if target is not met.
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£ 50k
£ 50k
Estimated close date
Funded 3 months ago in 5 days

Where will the funds go?

Roof terrace development

Key people

Phillip Oppenheim
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A. Hi Gaby - you are not wrong. We got an improved planning from the council early in the year and hoped to finish the work in Q2 - however, drink licensing (also needed) delayed us; and because we needed to have the place closed for some of the work, we took the decision that we did not want to close during the busy summer period and decided to leave that part until the week between christmas and new year when we close anyway - overall, the size of the project has gone up and the cost to £250k

A. Hi Stephane - our 2019 stat accounts won't be filed until the due date in Sept; the management accounts show sales up 8% to £2.272m net, gross margins at 71% and operating profit at £443k - bear in mind, as mentioned previously, stat accounts will take account of depreciation, head office costs etc and I would expect them to be closer to £150k unless there are exceptionals. Our end 2019 balance sheet showed net assets of £621k - that does not take account of goodwill and the real lease value

A. Hi Darryl - it's possible you are mixing statutory and management accounts - the latter are a real picture of the operating profit of the business. Stat accounts include head office costs, depreciation, finance costs and often write offs which can be tax related. Our management accounts are produced monthly, externally by our accountants - the figures i quoted in the previous answer are the operating profits

A. Hi Darryl - there was a write off of an inter-company loan advised by the auditors for tax purposes. Sales and real operating profits at Cubana Waterloo have gone up yearly - operating profits have risen from 324k in 2017 to 351k in 2018 - and 441k in 2019 (operating profits excl. head office costs which go into the stat accounts). These real improvements came from higher sales and margins resulting from quality, service, digital marketing and financial management improvements

A. Hi - there wasn't a 300k increase - if this comes from the stat accounts it may have something to do with the way auditors express lines. We did have a planned increase in our head office costs for 2019 due to improvements in financial management and digital marketing - helping to increase sales by 8% and gross margins by 5%, resulting in an significant net increase in operating profits. If this doesn't answer your question, let me know and i'll check in more detail and get back - thanks

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"The authentic taste of Cuba!"

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