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"O Flutuante" (The Floater) Restaurant (Recife)

The restaurant, with its red and white colours and decorated with alcohol advertising, was for some time a special attraction and a place for meeting and relaxing on Recife nights.
 

"O Flutuante" (The Floater) Restaurant (Recife)

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Last update: 23/03/2020

By: Maria do Carmo Gomes de Andrade - Librarian of the Fundação Joaquim Nabuco

There was in Recife, in the mid-20th Century, a floating restaurant on the waters of the Capibaribe River.  Built on a wooden platform resting on 200-litre metallic drums, the restaurant was in fact a barge that had a wooden dining hall with windows and a gangway, also floating, giving access to Martins de Barros Ave.
 
On the upper floor of the restaurant was a terrace serving as a lookout for the clientele, who besides being served in the outdoor air, could also contemplate “... Recife reflected in the sky and in the water of the river...” There was also a space for diners to dance to the sound of an orchestra, or the piano played by Baltazar.
 
The restaurant, with its red and white colours and decorated with alcohol advertising, was for some time a special attraction and a place for meeting and relaxing on Recife nights.
 
With the passing of time, the restaurant lost its regular clientele, which resulted in its closure. With this, locals and visitors were deprived of this highly-characteristic leisure option in a city divided by rivers and bridges.

Today there are projects to revitalise the Capibaribe River, which could mean the opening of new business in the style that there previously has been.
 
 
Recife, 29 June 2004.
(Updated on 14 September 2009).
Translated by Peter Leamy, January 2012.

sources consulted

ARLEGO, Edvaldo.  Recife de ontem e de hoje. [ S. l. : s. n., 19...? ].  p. 8.

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Source: ANDRADE, Maria do Carmo. "O Flutuante" (The Floater) Restaurant (Recife). Pesquisa Escolar Online, Joaquim Nabuco Foudation, Recife. Available at:  <https://pesquisaescolar.fundaj.gov.br/en/>. Accessed: day month year. Exemple: 6 Aug. 2009