Cuba's President Raul Castro will step down on Thursday. His departure will mean the end of almost 60 years of the Castro family's dominance over the island nation. Raul Castro took over from his more famous brother Fidel in 2008.

Castro's attempts to open up the economy came hand in hand with diplomatic outreach, symbolised by Barack Obama's visit to Havana in 2016.
Castro's attempts to open up the economy came hand in hand with diplomatic outreach, symbolised by Barack Obama's visit to Havana in 2016. (TRTWorld)

A bustling cafe in Old Havana would have been a rare sight during Fidel Castro's time.

Economic reforms introduced by Raul Castro have triggered an explosion in the number of privately-owned restaurants, or paladares, in Cuba. Some young entrepreneurs like Ariel Causa, who runs a restaurant rating app, are seizing that opportunity.

TRT World’s Giles Gibson reports more on the story.