A dose of Cuban nos­tal­gia at Hoy Como Ayer

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FABIO DIAZ VILELA, a jour­nal­ism stu­dent at the Univer­si­dad de la Ha­bana, left Cuba for Mi­ami at age 19. Be­sides leav­ing his grand­mother and friends be­hind, he left his country and tra­di­tions. Af­ter work­ing at famed restau­rants Ver­sailles and Lar­ios on the Beach, Díaz set his sights on open­ing his own busi­ness. Hoy Como Ayer (to­day like yes­ter­day) in Mi­ami’s Lit­tle Ha­vana neigh­bor­hood was born. More than fif­teen years later, the cozy lounge con­tin­ues to serve as a win­dow into Cuban cul­ture, with a who’s who of Latin artists. This quaint hotspot, a haven for son (a Cuban salsa-style dance), ro­man­tic boleros and other Latin dances is also a mag­net for celebri­ties like Pit­bull, Ricky Martin and Jen­nifer Lopez. Get ready to groove to the tunes of Grammy Award-win­ning artists Al­bita or well-known “salsero” Willy Chirino here. 2212 SW 8th St., Mi­ami, 305.541.2631, hoy­co­moayer.us

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