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Bike-Blended Smoothies, Free Earth Expo Herald Habana Outpost Reopening

By Janet Upadhye | April 11, 2013 2:21pm

FORT GREENE — Let the sun shine in!

Fort Greene-favorite chill spot Habana Outpost, the city's first solar-powered restaurant, is ringing in spring and celebrating its seasonal reopening with a free Earth Day Expo Saturday.

"The goal of Habana Outpost is to make sustainability fun and accessible," spokeswoman Darcy Le Fleming said in a statement. "Since 2005 Habana has become a nexus for community activity, bringing neighbors, environmentalists, artists and families together into one courtyard."

The event, now in its sixth year, will feature a hydroponic farm display, a composting demonstration, kids' activities, and Habana's signature human-powered bicycle blender, which will be stirring up fresh fruit smoothies all day.

The restaurant, run completely by the sun, shuts its doors each winter because of the season's decreased sunlight. But as the sun reemerges for spring and summer, so do Habana's cheeses, chili-powder-and-lime corn-on-the-cobs, cubanos, and frozen moritas — combination mojito-margaritas — all served on picnic tables in the eatery's massive backyard.

Habana Outpost is one of three Habana locations in New York City. Its Earth Day Expo will take place from noon to 4 p.m.