Are you planning or thinking about taking a trip to Cuba this year? You should know that Havana’s city government has stopped issuing licenses for new private restaurants and told current eateries to follow regulations. Unfortunately, this could mean less attractive dining choices in Havana for tourists. In the past, most restaurants and businesses were run by the government. But about six years ago, President Raul Castro eased the rules, so private restaurants have flourished – and many food critics agree these establishments are much better than the state-run restaurants. Learn more about what’s ahead for Cuba’s private restaurant scene.
- The tougher line could put a crimp in Havana’s food offering during the upcoming tourism season when both Americans and Europeans are expected to flock to the city in record numbers.
- Cuba backtracked on a series of market-oriented reforms in agriculture and this year has imposed price controls on private transportation services.
- There are hundreds of private restaurants in Havana and more than 1,700 across the country, the tourism ministry says.
“Havana’s city government has temporarily suspended issuing licenses for new private restaurants in the city and warned existing ones to obey tough regulations, according to several owners of the businesses popular with foreign tourists.”