History of the Bodeguita del Medio
There is a restaurant in Havana where you can leave your name written: La Bodeguita del Medio. Outstanding restaurant for being the place where many writers, politicians, famous personalities, etc. have passed. People like Gabriela Mistral, Agustín Lara, Pablo Neruda, Ernest Hemingway, Nicolás Guillén, Carlos Mastronardi were part of the visitors who came to this place in the past.
The story of the Bodeguita del Medio begins when Ángel Martínez bought a winery called La Complaciente, in 1942, to convert it into Casa Martínez, where typical products and food would be sold. It was a place where people came to share with friends.
At that time the director of a publishing house (Félix Ayón) moved his residence right next to the winery. This place becomes your favorite give dinners to clients and friends. Creole foods begin to be successful and in 1948 what is known today as La Bodeguita del Medio is born.
At that time many ministerial headquarters in Old Havana were located near La Bodeguita del Medio, which further propitiated the establishment of the business. In 1949 the chef Silvia Torres, known as “La China”, makes La Bodeguita dishes a resounding success. And by the year 1950 the so-called Bodeguita del Medio became official.
History of the Bodeguita del Medio after the one of the Cuban Revolution
Many signatures of great personages of the history were lost in 1959, when the walls of the middle bodeguita were painted, due to the revolutionary offensive. As well as many photographs. It was thanks to Salvador Allende, the former president of Chile, that the doors of this place were reopened. Some photos were recovered, others donated, and some lost signatures could be drawn.
The story would continue unforgiving with La Bodeguita del Medio when in 1997 a bomb would explode. Several people were injured. This attack was part of the series of attacks that took place in Cuba at that time against luxury tourist places. Fortunately: Ernesto de la Cruz, the author of all these attacks was convicted.
Currently there are places like this in Argentina, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Germany, England and Gijón in Spain.
Ernest Hemingway, the famous American writing wrote on the walls: My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita is saying “My mojito in the Bodeguita … and my daiquirí in the Floridita”.
La Bodeguita del Medio in the News
The Boguita del Medio is currently a very popular place, especially for tourists. The rule is that when you visit the place, you leave your signature.
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