Monday, April 11, 2011

Photo Of The Day: Cuba Is Open For (Pizza) Business

Photo Of The Day: Cuba Is Open For (Pizza) Business

It seems that I missed this great photo when I posted this AP article by Paul Haven over the weekend.  Julio Cesar and Giselle, welcome to the wonderful world of entrepreneurial capitalism!  No more pretending to work, but also no more pretending to get paid! 

Gotta love that baker's hat.

 (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes) — In this photo taken April 1, 2011, Julio Cesar Hidalgo takes a break after preparing pizza at his newly opened Baldoquin's Cafeteria, run out of his home, in Havana, Cuba.

Hidalgo, a former state employee, and his girlfriend Giselle de la Noval opened Baldoquin's Cafeteria on March 8, 2011.

It has been six months since President Raul Castro opened this tightly-controlled communist country to free-market capitalism. As Cuba's new business class journeys cautiously forth, some, like owners of Baldoquin's Cafeteria, are enjoying the first fruits of success.

Others say the terrain has been rockier than anticipated. Some have already closed the door on their entrepreneurial dreams.

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