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Guatemalan restaurant owners come to Sarasota for apprenticeship with Daiquiri Deck

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Restaurant owners from Antigua, Guatemala, are scheduled to arrive on May 21, for a six-day apprenticeship at Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar restaurants.

The apprenticeship program is part of the Business Council for Peace mission to create jobs in the world's challenged economies. 

Owners of the Fridas restaurant in Antigua will participate in workshops and activities that are designed for their business. The training will include menu design, staff training, marketing strategies, business plans, and operations. 

The restaurant owners will also tour Daiquiri Deck locations in Siesta Key Village, South Siesta Key, St. Armands and Venice.

"This is a great opportunity to share our business knowledge with a hard-working small group of entrepreneurs looking to expand their company in a challenging region of the world," said Daiquiri Deck co-owner Russell Matthes, who developed the apprenticeship program. "As a company, we are excited to share great concepts, ideas, systems and strategies."

Founders Mondragon and Aycinena moved from Mexico to Antigua in 1995 and opened a taqueria with only three tables. The restaurant now seats 135 diners and attracts a steady flow of international tourists as well as a growing number of locals.

The apprenticeship is structured to help the owners of the Fridas restaurant achieve its goal of creating a franchise, opening two smaller taquerias, and expanding its catering service.

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