New Chesapeake restaurant brings Cuban flair

Published 10:22 am Tuesday, July 20, 2010

CHESAPEAKE  — A father-daughter duo from Chesapeake has embarked on a culinary adventure.

Scott Hart and his 9-year-old daughter Courtney have given their initials to the new C&S Sandwiches located at the foot of the Robert C. Byrd Bridge in Chesapeake.

The Cuban-American influenced sandwich shop opened up last week and is gearing up for a grand opening on July 26.

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Beverly Hart, Scott’s mother, is also helping out in the restaurant.

“This has been a fun experience,” she said. “My son enjoys it and that gives me a great deal of pleasure.”

Hart got the idea of opening a Cuban-American restaurant from visiting family in Florida.

“There’s a Cuban sandwich shop on every corner in Florida,” Hart said. “It’s something unique and different for the area.” Hart said that one of the most popular items on his menu so far is the Cuban.

The Cuban is a traditional sandwich with slow roasted pork, ham, Genoa salami, provolone cheese, kosher dill pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise served on a dense, flat, Cuban-style bread.

“Everyone’s number one complaint is that it’s too much food,” said Hart.

Customer Jon Hair, originally from Tampa, Fla., said, “This is my new favorite spot. I love the Cubans.”

C&S also offers a variety of other sandwiches such as turkey, roast beef, veggie and tuna. They also have burgers, hot dogs, Philly steaks and pulled pork.

“I can’t get past the hamburgers,” said employee Tammy Thompson. “And the Philly’s are good too.”

For those feeling up to the challenge, C&S offers a 24-inch, seven-pound sandwich that, if consumed, is free and will get their picture on a wall of fame.

The Monster, as it is called, is six all beef patties, 20 slices of cheese, two whole tomatoes, onions and a head of lettuce. It is served with two pounds of fries.

If competitive eating isn’t your style, there is something for every taste on the menu.

“We try to buy everything from local businesses if we can,” said Hart.

C&S gets its bread from Brunetti’s Bakery in Kenova. The all-natural bread has no preservatives, which keeps the fresh bread coming in regularly. Hart also said that their meats are purchased from Logan’s Meat Packing in Huntington.

C&S Sandwiches is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“We will be extending our hours,” said Hart. The owner said he wanted a soft opening at first to get everything right.

For the grand opening Monday, Hart said that the 20 oz. sweet tea will be 69 cents and all 12-inch sandwiches will be $5.

Hart is also looking ahead to expansion.

“I’d love to expand into Burlington and Proctorville within the first year.”

“I think we’ll become a tradition in Chesapeake.”