The Profit in Cuba

Enrique Nuñez

"One of my dreams ... is that I hope to have more Cubans in my restaurant." -Enrique Nuñez

Business: La Guarida Restaurant

Current Occupation: Restaurateur

Previous Occupation: Telecommunications Engineer

The building in which La Guarida operates happens to be Enrique's childhood home; it was also one of the sets for the 1993 Oscar-nominated film Strawberry and Chocolate. When Enrique saw how many visitors were stopping by, he and his wife decided to open a restaurant in their home and sold everything they had to fund it.

La Guarida is now one of the most popular establishments in Havana and has become somewhat of a celebrity haunt. Will Smith, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Jack Nicholson have all dined there.

Marcus' Takeaway: "Bottom line? Enrique is doing pretty well. He just opened a rooftop bar with great views – and the tourists are drinking it in."



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