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New York Salsa Music Hotspot Closes

January 3, 2004

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jimmy’s Bronx Cafe, a restaurant and nightspot famous for its salsa music and celebrity customers, has closed after 10 years in business.

``I can’t believe it myself,″ Jimmy Rodriguez, the restaurant’s owner, told The New York Times for its Saturday editions. ``It’s a sad day.″

Rodriguez has decided to lease the space to Felix Cabrera, who plans to open a seafood eatery there, the Times said. A phone call to the restaurant and banquet hall went unanswered early Saturday.

Jimmy’s Bronx Cafe, which opened in 1993, hosted Fidel Castro while he was visiting New York in 1995 and held two birthday celebrations for Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter.

Other well-known customers included Bill Cosby and Tito Puente, along with a host of other musicians, sports players and politicians.

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