Gisela Schumann has always wanted to own her own restaurant. A native of Germany, she had 25 years of experience in the hotel management industry. When she came to the U.S. 23 years ago with a German hospitality group, she worked out of Miami and traveled to the Caribbean. She managed five-star hotels for the Marriott chain in Palm Springs, Calif., New Orleans, La., and Arkansas.
But Schumann has always considered Florida her second home, she said. So when she drove from St. Petersburg one Sunday recently to look at the former Café Ruelle and In Your Face Cupcakes building in downtown Punta Gorda on Herald Court, she immediately fell in love with it.
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