Mauricio Estrada, head chef and one who owns the restaurant Toros y Tapas in the Miramar neighborhood within the Cuban capital, jokes with kitchen assistant Ewar Llerena since they get ready for a different Year\’s Eve dinner. (Lisette Poole/The Washington Post)
HAVANA – Mauricio Estrada left Cuba in 2003 rich in the same frustrations as so many others keen to move away. He married a Spanish woman, moved to Barcelona and got an occupation like a prep cook.
A dozen years later and divorced, Estrada has returned, these times since the proprietor of the stylish Iberian-themed restaurant, Toros y Tapas, decorated with old matador posters plus the taxidermied heads of longhorn bulls.
“Having my restaurant can be a dream,” said Estrada, 48. “Irrrve never can have completed it if I’d stayed in Cuba.”
Estrada is a repatriado, a repatriate, among the growing amount of Cubans which have opted to transfer back to this island a lot when the Castro government eases its rigid immigration rules. The returnees can be a smaller, quieter countercurrent for the surge of Cubans leaving, in addition to their arrival suggests an increasingly dynamic future when their countrymen comes and choose less effort, creating rebuild Cuba with earnings from abroad.
Not considering that the early a great deal of Fidel Castro’s rule, when his leftist ideals brought home many exiles initially sympathetic to your 1959 revolution, have a lot of Cubans voluntarily returned.
The difference is always that today’s repatriates are not returning for socialism. These are finding their way back as capitalists. Which would be to say, as trailblazing entrepreneurs. Prompted by President Ra