Earlier this month Cuba stopped issuing new licenses for private restaurants, in order to get control of the black market they're forced to use for supplies. One of Cuba's few growth industries may be grinding to a halt.
From December, Cuba's small business owners can open new stores again. But there is skepticism about what will really change as increased bureaucracy, longer authorization procedures and more controls are imminent.
Within a few months more has changed here than in the past few decades. Cuba, the last "socialist paradise" is opening up to the west - and thereby risks losing its own very special flair.
Cuba's first ultra luxury hotel opened its doors Monday in Havana, with guests paying up to $2,500 a night to stay in five-star comfort on the Communist island.
The reverse shift in US policy towards Cuba could hit US businesses that have poured into Cuba since 2014. But will it have the desired effect of pushing Havana towards political reform?
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