Cuban restaurant Westfield is left with just one chef after a major car crash

WESTFIELD, NJ – Old Havana Cafe & Restaurant in downtown Westfield is currently working with limited staff as three of its chefs were involved in a serious car accident over the weekend.

A total of four people were injured on Saturday night when a 22-year-old Westfield man suspected of driving under the influence collided with another vehicle. The man’s car also overturned after hitting a house on Edgewood Avenue.

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The Cuban restaurant’s owner, Patricia Sommer, told Patch that the restaurant is currently working with a chef, a prep helper and a dishwasher.

One of the three chiefs involved in the crash may need back surgery and is seeing a neurosurgeon, Sommer said. She said the chef will need 30 days to recover from his injury.

The owner said the other chefs are doing well and are committed to getting back to work soon. She said the car they were in was completely damaged following the “horrible” crash.

The restaurant closed at 6pm on Monday for dine-in and take-out as they were understaffed.

According Tapintoany cash tips the restaurant earns this week will be donated to fund the injured chef’s medical bills.

Ariel Guzman, 22, suspected of driving drunk that night, was sent to University Hospital with a head injury, but police said it did not appear to be life threatening. danger.

Guzman was released from police custody with a pending court date, police said.

People are encouraged to follow Old Havana on Facebook for any updates on restaurant opening hours.