Vancouver's Havana Restaurant is closing its doors for a month of renovations and a big surprise

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      Famous as a beloved go-to for East Van residents, and a destination spot for those in rest of the Lower Mainland, Havana Restaurant has announced that it’s closing on January 3. But before you go pushing the panic button, the good news is that the doors will reopen at the end of the month.

      In a news release, managing partner Reuben Major said that iconic restaurant and arts space needs an upgrade.

      “The renovations being done on the restaurant side are primarily mechanical and functional, necessary for building maintenance and longevity,” he said. “But, the Theatre is a different story. Expect some really exciting updates very soon!”

      What exactly those updates are will remain under wraps, at least where the theatre is concerned. But indicators are that the renovations will continue after the restaurant opens in late January.

      When the reimagining of the venue is completed later than spring, Havana fans are being promised live music and comedy to go with their cocktails and craft beer. Further details will be revealed in the coming months.

      Havana first opened its doors in 1996, immediately establishing itself as a presence on a Commercial Drive that was, at the time, still largely dominated by coffee shops and traditional Italian restaurants.