Nyberg – Soul de Cuba Cafe opens second location


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — In 1993, in bed with spinal meningitis and given 13 hours to live, Jesus Puerto reached out to Babalú Aye, or Saint Lazarus.

“So I made a promise to Saint Lazarus that I would do what I could to be good, do good deeds for you, you know, the rest of my life after coming through that near-death experience,” Puerto said.

On Easter Sunday, his fever broke.

Puerto’s life has been dedicated to service ever since. He has spent time in the Peace Corps, with Habitat for Humanity and worked with the United Nations.

His restaurant, Soul de Cuba Cafe in New Haven, gives back to the community. It recently opened a second location in South Norwalk and will be opening a site in Tampa.

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