SAN DIEGO - It is a moment the Mera family knew would eventually come, however there is one person they wish was still alive to see it - Dad.
Daniel Mera's father, who opened Andres Restaurant in San Diego more than 30 years ago, fled Cuba right before Castro's reign; leaving behind his family.
“They can’t talk in Cuba right now because there’s no freedom of speech, but people are happy,” said Mera, who now opens the family restaurant. "For a tyrant who brought so much sadness to so many people and separated so many families it’s some form of relief for a lot of people."
The restaurant on Saturday celebrated the death of a dictator as the first Cuban restaurant opened in San Diego.
“During my lunch rush there was a lot of crying my customers came up to me and started crying and they didn’t have to tell me anything,” said Mera. "He was supposed to be the new person that came in and changed everything and made everything better he made it a thousand times worse.”
Mera's mother, Doris, says with the tyrant's passing the door is now open for her to visit Cuba and the relatives of her late husband whom he never had the chance to.
"That will give me hope that I can go back to Cuba and meet all the relatives that my husband left behind that was never able to see his daughter, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren.”