An authentic Cuban restaurant in the heart of Wigan, Casino de Cuba offers everything from classic Cubano cocktails to distinct and unique Cuban tapas. Wrap that up in a warm atmosphere whilst also offering live sports, live music, and a shisha garden, and you can see why this particular locale promises to set the scene for an unbeatable night out.
Located just a few paces away from the home of Northern Soul, the old Wigan Casino - once named The Best Nightclub in the World by American Billboard Magazine - the restaurant is named in the casino’s honour.
“I’ve always been a people person, so the fact that the job gives you a chance to meet new people in the town centre on a daily basis is something which I like,” said General Manager Josh Smith, 25. “We get to know loads of good people what with us being a small business. I enjoy my work.”
Restaurant Manager Kyle O’Dowd, 22, agrees. “Making sure people are happy and that they leave with a smile on their face means I can go home and sleep well,” said Kyle, who is from Leeds and who has worked at the restaurant for six months. “We’ve got a good team, they’re a good bunch.”
With the menu proffering meals such as steak gyros, tacos, nachos, and paella as well as thick burgers and an assortment of steaks, Casino de Cuba - which has around 25 staff members - also offers cocktail masterclasses.
“I worked my way up from starting two years ago and took over as manager in Spring, so putting together a team has been a challenge which I have really enjoyed,” said Josh, from Ashton-in-Makerfield. “I’ve liked assembling the team and we’ve got to the stage now where we click.
“When you’ve got a team you really relish working with, it makes the job a lot easier.”