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By Doug Gray, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – Bringing a taste of the United States to Carioca café culture, the Gringo Café opened two weeks ago and already looks set to fill a significant gap in Ipanema’s restaurant market with a combination of slick good looks and some nifty new ideas.

Sam Flowers is the man behind the new venture, and experience in several fields within the hospitality and entertainment industry led him to this latest foray in his adopted hometown of Rio.

“I wanted to get comfortable with . . .

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