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If you have the initiative and persistence required to succeed as a businessman, opening a Cuban diner is your route to operating a respectable, reliable company. Here is a user-friendly, thorough reference to the startup procedure. 

  1. Make a corporate model for a restaurant

Before you launch your venture and begin serving clients, establishing and operating a restaurant needs extensive preparation and study. A corporate model will assist you in developing your idea and outlining the steps necessary to launch your company. The business plan must include the details regarding the following:

Target audience 

In corporate planning, specify the qualities of your ideal clients. Do a thorough study on locals’ favorite foods and the types of restaurants they like best.


It will be easier for you to determine the apparatus you’ll require, the expertise you need, the anticipated expenses of the ingredients, and other factors if you pan the menu beforehand. 


You may decide how to distinguish your company by knowing who will be competing for your target consumers.


When choosing a location, take into account elements including the area’s charm, parking accessibility, surrounding landmarks, foot traffic, and local rivalry.

budgetary estimates 

Before launch, creating a spending plan will help you anticipate expenditures and prevent losses for your business.

  1. Obtain Credit 

The amount you’ll need to establish a diner will depend on the sort of eatery, land, appliances, personnel needs, license and insurance fees, promotion, and other things. And after your company starts to make money, you’ll also need to have the money on hand to pay your continuing operational costs. Your friends or local banks are some potential sources of funding for your startup expenditures.

  1. Choose a business structure  

The corporate format has an impact on taxation rates, tax imposition, and growth possibilities. The type of entity also decides the legal responsibility of the owner. There are the following types of business ventures in Cuba. 

Full ownership 

In a corporation with full ownership, the owner runs the enterprise on their own, taking responsibility for all the duties imposed by the lawful authority for the company’s operations.

International Economic Association Contract (IEAC) in Cuba

It is formed by two or more partners. An IEAC outlines the shared objectives, powers, and duties of all partners concerning the shared tasks that will be accomplished.

Joint venture company 

The most typical business structure in Cuba is the joint venture firm (JV). It implies a business established in Cuba with at least a single international shareholder and one native member.

  1. Register the corporation 

For restaurants in Cuba, a joint venture is the most practical corporate structure. You may also establish a solo venture that is under your complete control. Identical advantages become available for both of these formats; the application procedure differs only. 

There must be at least two investors in the Corporation. One director may be in charge of the business. Legal authorization from the officials is given to an entirely foreign enterprise. 

To be registered in Cuba, the owner must provide all pertinent financial and personal information. Authorities also require an application form and a processing fee.

  1. Comply with safety and hygiene regulations 

No diner wants to get penalized for breaking the law or endanger their patrons or employees, which is why it’s so important to be aware of hygiene and security regulations. Thankfully, several state and federal organizations in Cuba will cooperate with hoteliers to help them comprehend the regulations and direct them. 

The eateries must exhibit their fire safety procedures and emergency measures. Additionally, the owner is also responsible for the staff members’ monthly health screenings.

  1. Promote the venture 

Building a business with the assumption that customers would just come rarely results in prosperity; a diner must actively market and promote to be successful. Develop all of your advertising and promotional tools so you can use them to advertise your cuisine and provide prospective customers with the details they require before they come.

Given that the layout, copywriting, and photos for your brand image will represent your company, consider hiring experts to execute those tasks. Create a blog page and advertise on all social media platforms as well so that visitors may learn about your cuisine and services before arriving.