This Sunday, February 28, will be the last day that Mariela Paz functions as operator of Café Miami (4517 State Rd., 216-661-3739) in Old Brooklyn. Since resurrecting the shuttered business, one that previous owner Larry Fields operated for close to 20 years, Paz has been adding her own Latin-inspired touches and dishes, a considerable departure from the shop’s modest American-diner roots.
But while the response by customers and neighbors has been positive, the changes have not been sitting well with Fields, who says that Paz was merely a temporary steward of the business while he recovered from a stroke. The changes, he said, “confused diners.”
That rocky relationship ends this week, with Paz heading to a new address just a mile away. There, she will open Sabor Miami, a Latin-themed eatery that expands on what she was dabbling in over at Café Miami. Diners can look forward to creamy caramel-scented cafes con leche, Mexican-style huevos rancheros with crispy tostones, flaky fried empanadas filled with chopped ham and cheese, and pressed Cubano sandwiches filled with roast pork, thin-sliced ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. Expanded hours and a fresh interior also will be part of the package.
The new location, 4848 Broadview Rd., most recently belonged to the Salvadoran-run Katarina Pupuseria. That business relocated last year to the former Mexican Village building at 1409 Brookpark Rd.
No word yet on the future of Café Miami.