The historic streets of Pelourinho, in Salvador, will get a new restaurant with haute cuisine from the African diaspora. Located in Largo do Cruzeiro do São Francisco, in Terreiro de Jesus, the Roma Negra restaurant opens its doors on November 21, the day after the Black Consciousness Day celebrations.
The restaurant will be managed by Mônica Tavares and Diana Rosa, two of the four partners who manage Malembe Food Drinks, also in the Historic Center region of Salvador. The enterprise also intends to break barriers in relation to the black people.
“Roma Negra follows the same ideology as Malembe. The social guidelines are the same, including the return to the base and the social and environmental commitment, the hiring of black people. Furthermore, Roma Negra is intent on breaking stereotypes. Black people can and should go to places with high gastronomy, wine list consumption, etc.”, defends afro-entrepreneur Mônica Tavares.
The mansion, which was loaned after a partnership with Ângela Rabelo, former owner of the Romã restaurant, will have two spaces: one exclusively for the restaurant and the other for a bar. More than a space to celebrate the gastronomy of the African diaspora, Roma Negra aims to be a cultural center for the region. Rhythms such as jazz, afrobeat and samba de recôncavo will have a reserved space in the house. Cultural management will be under the command of Ziati Comazi.
In addition, the restaurant intends to work on integration and appreciation with the arts and the region. During the space recovery works, an old painting by graffiti artist and plastic artist Flávio Oliveira, who died in 2021, a victim of Covid-19, was discovered. The painting of a Frida is undergoing a restoration process and will be one of the attractions of the space.
On Roma Negra's agenda, there is also space for social activities: part of the restaurant's revenue will be used to purchase basic food baskets that will be distributed among needy families in the Historic Center, through the Minha Cesta project.
Gastronomy – The restaurant's kitchen will be led by chef, cook and gastrologist Carolinna Esteves. With a degree in international cuisine from the National Service for Commercial Learning (Senac), Carollinna is a researcher of country, regional and ancestral cuisine and has worked with recipes curation, given workshops, lectures.
The chef also collaborated with projects and public notices aimed at cooperatives composed of women from the sisal region, among others to promote local female entrepreneurship. It is also part of Mói Comida Honesta, a project aimed at family farming based on respect for food in all its stages.
“For this new challenge, the idea is to explore products of African origin, keeping traditional recipes as references, adapting them to Brazilian, country, Bahian and regional food”, says Carolinna.
black money – Managed by black women, Roma Negra also has black investors – Antônio Marques, Cinthia Maria do Carmo Gomes, Marie Lohata Reine Adelaide and Caio Nascimento. A space for black entrepreneurship, Roma Negra intends to consolidate itself as a place for the appreciation of Afro culture, for the circulation of black money, in order to guarantee a gastronomic and cultural space for all.
What: Opening of the Roma Negra Restaurant
Where: Largo do Cruzeiro do São Francisco, n° 7 – Pelourinho
Schedule: 7 pm
Operation: Monday to Sunday, from 11 am to 11 pm
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