Even though at the end of last year we heard about the emergence of a new virus halfway around the world, no one could imagine that the most repeated words of 2020 would be: wash your hands , rub alcohol, put on your mask. and – a champion of all – to stay at home.
With the recommendation always to avoid going out on the streets, the Guide picked the best in culture and food this year – but without having to leave the sofa.
It was a particularly difficult year for the bars and restaurants of São Paulo. It was practically five months with the salons closed – and, after being released for local consumption, many restrictions. There were of course those who managed to get by with delivery, supporting loyal customers through crowdfunding, and a lot of creativity.
According to a survey by the Brazilian Association of Bars and Restaurants of São Paulo (Abrasel-SP), around 12 thousand establishments have definitively closed their doors in the capital – in the state, there were 50 thousand – in 2020.
Check out five important addresses that said goodbye to the city this year below.
It was not the pandemic, but real estate speculation that forced the closure of the activities of the house of chef André Mifano in October. Located in Pinheiros, the property was purchased by a construction company. For 2021, Mifano plans to launch a new brand, at a smaller stage. The chef says he intends to make an accessible menu during the day and a tasting menu for the evening.
One of the first major losses of São Paulo’s gastronomy caused by the pandemic, the restaurant saw its closure announced in early April. Commissioned by Ana Maria Massochi, the restaurant was located on the outskirts of Consolação cemetery with a menu of South American dishes. Martín Fierro, sister house of Argentinian cuisine, stays in Vila Madalena.
The difficulty of financing the operation with the prolonged closure of the quarantine was the reason for the dismissal of one of the most traditional French restaurants in the city of São Paulo in the year that would close the 65th anniversary. The announcement was made in a social media post, in which chef Raphael Despirite said the house still intends to return “in the future, in a new format and in a different place.” He maintains the Closed for Dinner project.
One of the classics of the center, on Avenida São João since 1970, the restaurant offered a rich menu of Brazilian and Spanish recipes. The restaurant crisis began before the pandemic, but the definitive end came in April. “They have wanted to close for a while now. With the quarantine, they should continue to pay ten employees and spend the savings, ”explains Eduardo Vieira Castromil, son of José Ares, one of the partners.
Commissioned by Lilian Gonçalves, the “queen of the night”, the group’s seven bars have thrilled the nightlife of Rua Canuto do Val, in the central region. Since September, three of them have been closed: Casa dos Artistas, Tudo com Banana and Coconut. The motivation, according to the company, was the rental of points. The remaining addresses – Siga la Vaca, Nelson’s Bar, Frango com Tudo and Japan Tower – remain active.