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This is a very rustic piece from a c.1951 linen.
This production is an untouched reproduction of the original.
Original Sloppy Joe's Address in Havana: Zulueta
26, Havana, Phone M-7157
Mr. Jose Abeal (Sloppy Joe) came from Spain to Cuba in the year
1904 and went to work as
a bartender on Galiano and Zanja Streets Havana,
where he worked for three years, and then, he gave up his job
and sailed for New-Orleans, La.
In this city he went on working as a bartender for six years.
From New Orleans he went to Miami, Fla.,
and also worked in different bars for another six years. In the
year 1918, he returned to Havana
and got a job as bartender at a cafe named "Greasy Spoon" and
six months after, he decided to
go in business for himself and bought what was then an
insignificant grocery store at
the corner now occupied by the famous Sloppy Joe's Bar. While
operating this small grocery store,
he was visited by several friends from the States. It so
happened, that while some
of them were visiting him and seeing the poor condition of the
place, one of them said,
"Why, Joe, this place is certainly sloppy, look at the filthy
water running from under the counter."
From then on, the name, Sloppy Joe stuck to Jose Abeal as part
of his own life
and was destined to make him and his business famous and
(Season Bar Menu, 1933).