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Cuban Revolution opens in Middle East neighborhood

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Cuban Revolution Restaurant and Jazz Bar (1903 Ashland Ave., 443-708-5184, thecubanrevolution.com) has opened in a neighborhood not famous for its restaurants.

Known officially as Middle East, the area, which includes the Science & Technology Park at Johns Hopkins, is being developed as a mixed-use life-science campus by the Forest City-New East Baltimore Partnership. Cuban Revolution, which opened on Feb. 13, is the first new restaurant for the still emerging district.

“We’re used to that,” said Ed Morabito, who opened the original Cuban Revolution in Providence, R.I. with his wife, Mary. “It’s fun to be a part of it. We’re engaged.”

Baltimore’s Cuban Revolution is the first in the Mid-Atlantic region for Maribito, who started the concept in Providence, R.I., where there are now two locations. Another is in Durham, N.C.

Morabito said that Cuban Revolution restaurants strive to be good neighbors. Its Charitable Revolution program provides space and resources for small-scale, locally based charitable events. “We love being involved in urban areas. A lot of our menu is healthy eating and home cooking. It’s a perfect fit for us.”

The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

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