Fifteen Years of Cuba Cuba: Ups, Down, and Hard Work
By Grace Boyle
Kristy Bigelow, owner of Cuba Cuba, shares what fifteen years in the restaurant business has taught her from her longtime loyal staff, to their infamous très leches, to how she ensures her food stays authentic.
Kristy Bigelow remembers July 27, 2001 very well. Through laughter, she says it was the "worst birthday of my life." It was the day she turned 28 and also the night when she opened Cuba Cuba. "I rolled up in a ball at the end of that first night saying to myself, ‘I can’t do this!’ I didn’t know what I was doing. We had a two hour wait the first night."
Despite a slight foray into waitressing, she had never owned or opened a restaurant before. But from the next day forward she said with determination, "when we reopened the following day, I never turned back."
And today? They’re going on 16 years of business, continuing to prove being a mainstay in the Denver dining scene.
Endangered Cuban Cuisine Preserved by Cooks in America
By Colleen O'Connor - The Denver Post
In Denver's Golden Triangle neighborhood, Cuban-American Kristy Bigelow started Cuba Cuba Cafe & Bar back in 2001."My grandmother was putting together a cookbook, and she gave me all the recipes, which was really great," said Bigelow. "We use some of them here."
Spicy Mango-Cilantro Sangria at Cuba Cuba
By Daliah Singer - 5280 The Denver Magazine
Cuba Cuba Cafe & Bar has been around for years, but it's not just the Latin America eats that keep us coming back. The restaurant's sangrìa makes for perfect patio sipping. Our new favorite version is the spicy mango-cilantro. Head bartender André Dixion shows you how to elevate your summer barbecues by making the cocktail at home.
A Tropical Dining Delight in the Golden Triangle
Written by Mary Ross - Denver Woman
Take a trip to an island oasis right on Delaware Street in Denver. Cuba Cuba Café and Bar, located in a small powder-blue house with yellow trim, just down the street from the new wing of the Denver Art Museum, is home to the best Cuban dishes in Denver.
Cuba Cuba's Camarones Al Coco
By Shari Caudron - 5280 The Denver Magazine
Spring snowstorms are practically guaranteed in Colorado. This means that right after a sunny day in which you were yearning for summer salads and lighter fare, you may find yourself craving something warm and filling. The next time the snow blows (and it will, you know), head to Cuba Cuba where the cuisine—heavy on plantains and yucca and black beans—will have you thinking of warmer climes, but also fill you with high-altitude warmth and sustenance.