Arab Today, arab today hemingway haunt in madrid threatened with closure
Last Updated : GMT 03:35:25
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Hemingway haunt in Madrid threatened with closure

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Hemingway haunt in Madrid threatened with closure

London - AFP

Once a haunt of the greats from Ernest Hemingway to Salvador Dali and Hollywood beauty Eva Gardner, Madrid\'s famous Cafe Gijon may be nearing the end of its 120-year history. Shaded under the tall trees of the Spanish capital\'s Paseo de Recoletos boulevard, the cafe\'s outside tables have lured artists, writers and actors since 1888. But after surviving the Spanish Civil War and dictatorship, the Cafe Gijon may finally fall victim to Madrid\'s cash-strapped City Hall, which owns the terrace and has received richer offers for the concession. Without the terrace, the cafe may not survive. \"The financial heart of the business is in the terrace, 60-70 percent of profits come from the terrace,\" said Jose Barcena, waiter and spokesman for the Cafe Gijon. \"The management has done its sums and if we lose the terrace the idea is to sell up,\" he added. \"But who would buy a business without its main asset?\" The threat to the cafe, which employs 42 people, has provoked an uproar among intellectuals who still sit at the marble tables. Before them, the rollcall of customers included Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca and filmmaker Luis Bunuel, Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni, and American author Truman Capote. \"Dali used to swat flies on the terrace,\" recalls 56-year-old Barcena, who has worked in the cafe for 38 years. Only twice has the venerable cafe closed: during the Civil War from 1936-1939 when it became a canteen for Republican militia and then in the 1980s for renovation work, during which the terrace stayed open. Intellectuals still debate in its august ambiance, with deep red velvet curtains drawn over plate glass windows, wood-panelled walls and a terrace with wrought iron chairs and tables. \"The time we writers, actors and musicians spent here is part of the story of Spanish culture, European culture, and Latin American culture when it comes to Madrid,\" said writer Juan Jose Armas Marcelo, sitting with three colleagues around a sun-splashed table on the terrace. \"How are they going to kill off this place, which is like an academy?\" he asked on a spring afternoon. \"I know we need money to eat and many other things but, come on, not everything is about business. Not everything has to be about competitiveness and who pays the most,\" he said, promising to stop any attempt to replace the cafe with \"a bank or a Chinese restaurant\". Sitting next to him, Jose Esteban, co-author of \"The Book of the Cafe Gijon\", confessed: \"I grew up here, among poets, among writers. I learned a lot more here than I did at university.\" According to Barcena, the cultural history of the cafe has in the past weighed more heavily than cash when it came to renewing the lease. But this time, they are still waiting for a decision. \"It is in the evaluation process,\" said a spokesman for the Madrid City Hall, without giving any figures for bids received and noting that a decision had been due at the end of May. \"The terrace does not belong to the Cafe Gijon, which only manages it,\" he added. With a debt of more than six billion euros ($7.5 billion) and in the midst of a recession, the largest of Spain\'s town halls may well be tempted to accept the highest offer. The Socialist-led opposition in the Madrid regional parliament has called for the cafe to be designated a cultural heritage asset. But even if the regional government agrees, it would not protect the terrace. \"It is the only literary cafe in Madrid,\" said Jose Esteban, admitting he could not believe the cafe could disappear. \"It would be a catastrophe, a tragedy for Madrid and for Spanish culture.\"

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today hemingway haunt in madrid threatened with closure Arab Today, arab today hemingway haunt in madrid threatened with closure

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today hemingway haunt in madrid threatened with closure Arab Today, arab today hemingway haunt in madrid threatened with closure

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today O'Leary: Could ground more planes

GMT 06:49 2017 Friday ,22 September

O'Leary: Could ground more planes
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Huthis stage defiant rally 3 years

GMT 05:29 2017 Friday ,22 September

Huthis stage defiant rally 3 years
Arab Today, arab today Saudi Arabia to unblock internet calling apps

GMT 11:31 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Saudi Arabia to unblock internet calling apps
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Ministry seeks to improve education

GMT 14:49 2017 Sunday ,17 September

Ministry seeks to improve education
Arab Today, arab today All eyes on May as she prepares

GMT 10:16 2017 Friday ,22 September

All eyes on May as she prepares
Arab Today, arab today Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands brace

GMT 12:01 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands brace
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Mercedes pumps 1 bln euros    

GMT 06:04 2017 Friday ,22 September

Mercedes pumps 1 bln euros    
Arab Today, arab today Intel chips loaded in Waymo

GMT 14:43 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Intel chips loaded in Waymo
Arab Today, arab today Youssra prepares for launching her  program

GMT 08:59 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Youssra prepares for launching her program
Arab Today, arab today France hopeful of persuading Trump

GMT 06:21 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

France hopeful of persuading Trump

GMT 09:40 2017 Tuesday ,19 September

Actress Ream Hhagag prepares for a new film

GMT 18:09 2017 Thursday ,21 September

China lifts 10-year travel ban

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha

GMT 19:18 2017 Monday ,18 September

5,000 'Dieselgate' deaths in Europe per year

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 18:03 2017 Thursday ,21 September

Alarm over flesh-eating ulcer cases

GMT 07:00 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

A no-frills business success

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 12:46 2017 Thursday ,21 September

Google likely to buy stake in Taiwan smartphone maker HTC

GMT 11:37 2017 Saturday ,12 August

Fashion designer reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday