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The heart of COPA's menu will focus on tapas and cocktails inspired by late 19th century recipes from Cuba, using local ingredients.
The heart of COPA's menu will focus on tapas and cocktails inspired by late 19th century recipes from Cuba, using local ingredients.
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The Need

We've been able to secure a place of our own at 107 W. Main Street in Downtown Durham, ensuring that one of our city's primary restaurant locations will remain locally owned.

We need to raise $20,000 to cover our renovations and furnishings.

The Mission

The heart of our mission at COPA is cultivating relationships from the soil to the table, making us one of the nation's first truly farm to table Cuban restaurants. 

As part of this mission, we're bringing back the tapas and cocktails of Old Cuba, focusing on the 19th century recipes and flavors that have been lost to time. 

We're also developing our sister farm Terra Sacra in Hillsborough, hiring a full-time farm manager to grow organic produce and meat for the restaurant.

We'll be taking the best of Old Havana with us, of course! And our guests will find many familiar items on our new menu. But we'll also be expanding our hours, offering a dinner service 5 nights a week, extended weekend brunch, and a full bar.

Our Track Record

Seven years ago, we started Old Havana with a focus on farm-to-table Cuban sandwiches, and a desire to become a warm and welcoming space for all. With your support you made it a reality, voting us the Best in Durham and Best in the Triangle every single year.

Old Havana is a Durham Living Wage certified employer—and COPA will be too.

The Community Benefits

COPA will provide 20+ living wage jobs (more than double the number of jobs we provide at Old Havana). Our team members will also have access to a Health Reimbursement Account, an IRA with employer matching, and a safe, healthy work environment.

At Old Havana, we've been proud to contribute to our community's many wonderful nonprofits and fundraising events. At COPA, we look forward to continuing that tradition. 

Through COPA, we will be able to build on the foundation we've already laid of working directly with local farmers. We'll also continue developing Terra Sacra, our sister farm in Hillsborough, and will be hiring a full-time farm manager.

A Word of Gratitude

We want to take a moment to share our gratitude for some of the people who have helped us get this far. A thank you goes to those who have mentored and supported us along the way: Kelli and Billy Cotter of Toast and Dashi for their endless encouragement and teaching; Vince and Ethel Simonetti for their support; Cecilia Redding, Tiffany Parker, and Alicia Garcia for agreeing to speak on our behalf; Ali Rudel of East Durham Bake Shop for her advice on running a successful kickstarter; Alicia Hylton-Daniel, our incredibly talented designer; MHA Works, our architect; Melling Engineering, our engineer; Gateway Construction, our contractor. And of course, the long list of family and friends who have offered more than their fair share of emotional, physical, and financial support along the way.

A special word of thanks goes to Yuri Vaysgant Photography for the beautiful video that tells our story so well.

Risks and challenges

Starting a new restaurant is hard—no doubt about it. Through our 7 years of experience at Old Havana, we've learned what it takes to succeed in this industry, how to offer remarkable service, and how to share sustainably-sourced Cuban food at an affordable price.

We've also learned a lot about building and maintaining a strong team—and we're excited to expand that team from 9 to 20 at COPA.

As with any new project, we know that challenges will present themselves. We also know that we live in an incredible community, and that we don't have to overcome the challenges alone. We're planning ahead, building a strong team of leaders, seeking legal and accounting advice, and relying on professionals to help see us through the build-out phase.

We're grateful to you for your support and will strive to be good stewards of the faith you place in us.

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    Sweet tooth

    • A dozen of our signature mantecadito (Cuban shortbread) cookies to pick up from COPA and enjoy at home.
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    Pilgrim's Treat

    • A traditional "Tarta de Santiago," enjoyed by pilgrims for centuries. This almond cake is grain free, gluten free, and can be made sugar free by request. (Pick up from COPA)
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    Artista

    • A print from the mural that that we've commissioned to tell the story of "cultivating relationships from the soil to the table." From Cuban artist Richar.
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    Home Barista

    • A set of 2 COPA espresso cups
    • 1/2 lb fair-trade, organic Cuban-style roast coffee beans
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    Gourmet Cook

    • A signature COPA apron with embroidered logo
    • A collection of Cuban spices
    • Bottle of our famous Papa Bull Sauce
    • 3 Laminated recipe cards for a traditional Cuban meal (chef's choice!)
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    Culinary Student

    • Sunday afternoon cooking class at COPA with Roberto
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    Historian with a Twist

    • A Sunday evening with Cuban historian/bartender Eric Gettig and our bar director Aaron Stockdale
    • A special 3 course tasting menu prepared by Roberto
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    Guest Mixologist

    (Must be 21 or older)
    • Work with our bar director Aaron Stockdale to develop a cocktail for our menu. We'll even let you name it, and we'll feature it on our menu for a month.
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    Dinner with Friends

    • Dinner for 4 at COPA (alcohol and gratuity not included)
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    Custom Dinner Party

    • Customer tasting menu for 8 (alcohol and gratuity not included)
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    VIP Diner

    • Dinner for you and a guest up to once a week for an entire year at COPA (alcohol and gratuity not included)
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    Private Event

    • Private event for up to 50 people at COPA (alcohol and gratuity not included)
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Funding period

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