By Jim Smith

BOSTON (CBS) – At the Old Havana restaurant in Jamaica Plain, a new chapter for Cuba dominates discussion: The U.S. and Cuban president meeting face to face.

Roger Cruz was born in Cuba and was stopping in to get some food. He says it’s a good day for Cuba and the U.S.

“Well it’s definitely a very exciting day for me and my family that’s still in Cuba. I think it opens the door to changes that are way overdue.”

Restaurant owner and Cuban native Sixto Lopez is not quite so hopeful

“Really I don’t see there’s going to be a big change,” he says. “Maybe some cosmetic things but not important things. I’m talking about human rights they’re not for human rights”

According to the last U.S. census there are just over 11,000 Cuban Americans in Massachusetts, many of them still have relatives living in Cuba.

Jim Smith

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