Alberto Cabrera Closes Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Company, Moves to Vegas

Alberto Cabrera has closed both of his Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Company locations to start a new life outside Miami.

The chef posted a message on his Facebook page on New Year's Eve:
"2015 was a year I will soon not forget. Personally it was the toughest year of my life. I can't say enough about the support I received from my amazing wife, babies and my friends close and far. Professionally it was a challenge for me having closed a project I dedicated to my late father. But being the strong man he raised me to be I will march forward with my head held up high. 2016 has already started out great! I've joined an incredible restaurant company based out of Miami as corporate chef and will be heading up their current and future projects in Vegas. So for now my city that I love it's a goodbye. But like every good son I'll be back. Happy New Year! #305tillidie."
Now Cabrera has just confirmed the news, texting, "Yes, I closed both restaurants and I moved to Vegas."

Cabrera has long been a force on Miami's dining scene. The chef, whose resumé includes STK and Karu & Y, had a major impact on Miami dining at Coral Gables' Local Craft Food & Drink, where he served artistic renditions of pub grub such as Buffalo sweetbreads and grouper cheeks. 

The chef then opened Bread + Butter in Coral Gables in 2013. In a review, New Times' Emily Codik said his "ingredient-driven cooking shifts from traditional to playful and fun." A year ago, Cabrera opened Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Co. in Little Havana with the goal of serving Miami sandwiches made with elevated, quality ingredients. "Being Cuban, I wanted to focus on these classic sandwiches, but obviously, I'm American as well. I want to include a muffaletta and a Reuben." Cabrera's Cuban sandwich was listed on food critic Zachary Fagenson's best Miami dishes of 2015, calling it "good enough to warrant forgiveness for breaking Miami tradition." 

Just five months ago, the chef/owner morphed his Bread + Butter restaurant into a second location of his successful Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Company. Although Cabrera had high hopes for the conversion of his restaurant to his fast-casual sandwich shop, he shuttered both the Coral Gables and Little Havana locations. Though the website is still up, both phone numbers are disconnected. 

Now Cabrera has been swayed by the bright lights of Las Vegas, and although he hasn't disclosed the Miami-based restaurant company that lured him away, he wants his fans and friends to know that he'll be back in the 305 "eventually." 
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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