HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban authorities have announced that the government will begin renting out state-owned restaurants to workers who want to run them independently.
It's a trial program set to begin in December in three provinces as part of President Raul Castro's economic reform package.
Interior Commerce Vice Minister Ada Chavez Oviedo calls it a "new system of economic management" and says it will have a gradual rollout.
Chavez says initially it will apply to restaurants that have between one and five employees.
Her remarks are in a Friday article by the Communist Party newspaper Granma announcing the measure.