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22 de Febrero del 2000

SOME RESTAURANTS NEVER CHANGE THE MENU. By Marcos Yanes, Cuba Free Press.

Fomento.- In this Sancti Spiritus province town there exists a second-rate restaurant called "The Creole." The menu consists of rice and black beans at $1.80, white rice $1.50, pork steak $8.80, pigs feet $7.20, beer $10, lettuce $1, peas $0.80, orange juice $0.50, pudding $0.60. Because of the food's quality, pleasant proprietors and cleanliness, The Creole was first in the province and its 14 tables were always packed. But today, a few months after its opening, only about four people frequent it.

The proprietors have never changed the menu. Every day they offer exactly the same thing which, by not being varied or prepared with different combinations, has succeeded in boring the clientele completely. So another private enterprise will fail for lack of imagination and determination (or supplies).

Then there is the case of "The Chicken," a fourth-rate cafeteria which serves persons on government welfare. The situation here is different and also outside of reality. For example, Bite, a mentally ill person, must pay two pesos for lunch and two for dinner. Since his monthly income is only 60 pesos, he has to beg to obtain enough crumbs to survive. He is just one of many such ordinary Cubans.

The Chicken's menu - also changeless - takes all the poor people's income. The menu consists of: rice, peas, yucca, bread and sometimes an egg. The lack of hygiene is striking, with dogs frequenting the kitchen. The sweaty workers wear no shirts. Zero detergent. The Citizen thus violates Article 37 of the Constitution of this "Republic" and makes clear the precarious situation in which the common Cuban citizen lives.

Marcos Yanes, Cuba Free Press.


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