New York’s Cuban restaurants are booming.
But they have been struggling in the past few years with the cost of living, and a lack of space.
The New York City restaurant industry is one of the fastest-growing in the country, with more than $1 billion in sales.
But with the economic downturn, many restaurants are shutting down.
In the US, more than 1,200 Cuban restaurants have closed since 2008.
Many of those are on the east coast.
One Cuban restaurant owner told us that his family has been trying to open restaurants in Miami for decades.
But Miami’s expensive real estate market, and the fact that the US doesn’t allow Cuban immigrants to enter the country without a visa, has kept him from opening.
“When I first started in Miami, I was thinking, this is the best place for me to live, and I’m still living in a Cuban restaurant,” says Jose Raul Sanchez, owner of La Cumbre, one of Havana’s best-known restaurants.
The restaurant, in the same building as the iconic Chihuahua Palace, is on the third floor of the hotel and has a courtyard.
He hopes to reopen by March 2018.
Raul is not alone.
Many Cuban restaurants are also struggling with the changing demographics of the US market, which is now predominantly white and older.
“When I started, there were maybe 20 or 30 people,” says José Lourdes Martínez, who is from Cuba.
Now, there are only about 20 people, and he’s not sure how to make it work.
“There are people who are over 60, who are Hispanic,” he says.
“And they’re living in Miami now.
So I think there’s a lot of pressure on them to open up.”
The Cuban restaurants in the Miami area are struggling.
And that’s hurting the businesses.
But the US restaurant industry has seen a huge rebound in the last year.
The number of Cuban restaurants has doubled in the decade-and-a-half since the end of the economic crisis, and they are expanding rapidly.
“Cuban restaurants have gone from about 100 to almost 700 restaurants per month in just the last two years,” says David Pescado, president of the New York Restaurant Association.
In New York, Cuban restaurants account for $1.8 billion in revenue.
It is an industry that has struggled with the lack of spaces and limited resources.
Cuban restaurants were able to expand in Miami in part because of the lack in restaurants and space, but the lack also comes with an added cost, says Pescados.
The average price of a Cuban meal in Miami is $7.80, while the average price in New York is $25.
Cuban food is often served with a side of rice and beans, and most Cuban dishes are prepared in a separate kitchen, he adds.
The Cuban restaurant industry in New Jersey is not only booming.
There are now more than 100 Cuban restaurants.
They have been opening since 2007, but they’ve struggled to find space because they lack space.
Cuban restaurant owners in New Brunswick are now looking to open their own businesses.
“We started the restaurant business a few years ago, and we have a couple restaurants right now,” says Carlos Rangel.
“I think it’s a good business for the Cuban community here, and for New Jersey, because the Cuban restaurant business has gone from a small market to a huge market.”
Rangel says the market has grown from $1 million to more than three times that, and now there are more than 50 restaurants in New Bergen County alone.
New Brunswick’s Cuban restaurants need more space and staff.
“The problem is that it’s expensive,” says Rangel, “and we’re trying to find restaurants that will pay the rent and the bills.
We’re not going to open a restaurant if we don’t pay rent.
But if we find a business owner willing to open our restaurant, we would definitely open our own restaurant.”
New Brunswick is not the only area in New England where the Cuban restaurants struggle.
There is a shortage of space in the New England area.
And Cuban restaurants there are struggling too.
The local Cuban restaurant community has been growing, but with less space, and with few resources, they are struggling to find the right space to run their businesses.
In Massachusetts, the Cuban Restaurants Association estimates that there are nearly 800 Cuban restaurants, but only five have opened since 2007.
“New Hampshire is a growing market for Cuban restaurants,” says Michael Kuehn.
He says that, because of their high-profile status, Cuban restaurant chains are able to raise money by offering high prices and offering large portions of food.
“They’re also known for serving a lot,” Kuehen says.
But that doesn’t mean they’re doing well.
“In New Hampshire, we’ve seen a lot less growth in Cuban restaurants than other areas, like Connecticut,” he adds, referring to the state’s largest restaurant