Meenan has also converted his 1965 Lincoln Convertible to run off used veggie oil produced by the restaurant, and they’ve installed a US Postal Truck in the courtyard as a mobile eatery. Retired racing sails were used to re-cover banquet benches inside the restaurant instead of vinyl, the Habana Outpost sign used to be an old gas station sign that they resurfaced and repainted, and the wooden doors are reclaimed from a South American monastery.
The restaurant also works to help kids and organizations around the community through donations and activities that take place on site. Meenan regularly gives tours of the restaurant to groups, and a Kid’s Corner offers regular projects and programs to educate kids on the environment. Habana Outpost also supports the Urban Studio Brooklyn program, which offers design/build experience for NYC architecture students. In 2006 and 2007 two USBK groups designed and built a rainwater collection system and then a water reclamation system to water the courtyard’s garden.
Via New York Times
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