Che Guevara has had pride of place in Sheffield’s Cubana bar since it opened nearly 15 years ago – his familiar portrait gazing out from above the bar at the original venue in Trippet Lane from day one.
When the bar and tapas restaurant moved to a bigger, better home in Leopold Square this summer, the portrait was one of the first items to be relocated.
And last week the new venue was given the official seal of approval from the highest quarter, when it played host to Dr Aleida Guevara, the revolutionary’s eldest surviving daughter.
Dr Guevara was a special guest of owners Adrian Bagnioli and Brad Charlesworth, dining at the restaurant during her visit to the city.
Adrian said: “Having a visit from Che Guevara’s daughter really is the ultimate accolade for us. The fact that her advisors chose us as the place for her to eat is a real honour.
“It was a pleasure to welcome her and I hope Cubana’s Havana-inspired decor reminded her of home.”
Aleida Guevara, a doctor of medicine and a Marxist like her father, was in town to address a meeting at Sheffield University. She also spoke at the Quaker Meeting House as part of a nationwide tour organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.
She is not the first high-profile guest to dine at Cubana. It is also a favourite of legendary Cuban band the Buena Vista Social Club, who have visited on a number of occasions.
l Cubana is celebrating the first Christmas in its new location with a spectacular collaboration of artists who have played at the bar over the last few months.
The Cubana All Stars will take over the downstairs bar with a live music special on Tuesday, December 23.
A ten-piece band, with singers and special guests, will be entertaining with funk, soul, swing and Latin music. Entry is free.