In The Middle of It All, A Grocery Store
Twenty years ago, “La Bodeguita del Medio” was on pretty worn down block: on Empedrado between the streets of Cuba and San Ignacio in Old Havana. Back then, tourists hadn’t begun to visit the place yet, and passersby were mostly Cuban. Locals continue to walk by, but not just anyone can go inside and have a mojito or eat white rice, black beans, roast pork, yucca with garlic sauce and fried plantains.
The street and sidewalk still need repair but some improvements to the building are apparent. The face of the building is kept painted with the same light blue tone. The name of the establishment stands out in a brighter yellow. A door and window have been built above where the storage room once was and should still be.
The most significant addition is the mural located outside, “Cargue con su pesao,” Carry Your Weight in English.