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Former mortgage broker Alberto Gonzalez is doing well in this economy -- so well that just six months after opening his first restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, he is doing the unthinkable: expanding.

His second restaurant is scheduled to open in May. "I'm nervous, very nervous. But then again it's all about risk," said Gonzales, owner of 90 Miles Cuban Café.

"It kind of fell in my lap. The location became available. A friend of mine brought it up and due to the success we had we thought it would be a good time to take advantage of everything that is going on," said Gonzales.

But with a slew of small businesses closing each day, Alberto said luck isn't a factor in his success. "I feel fortunate that I had a vision. I didn't hold back from doing it, I risked it all. It's kind of like going to Vegas and putting everything on red and I kind of did that based on my research and so far it's shown that my research has paid off."

Some of his friends think he's crazy for risking it all in a downturn economy. "Very crazy. It's okay though, I felt the pressure. It just gives me that much more eagerness to succeed," said Gonzales. Read full article »

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