Being a Louisiana native…..restaurants and food have always been a passion of mine……..but never as a proprietor. Recently the Dominican Nuns at Santa Catalina across the street from our offices in Quito offered us their corner “local” to rent. I immediately jumped on the idea for many reasons which I will explain below, but more importantly…..the spot has a considerable tourist count out front so the place will serve not only great Ecuadorian coffee and Louisiana Po Boys but as an extension to our tourist business.
Please allow me to regress with a little history on this local. First, as many followers of Live Well Ecuador have seen from my past writings….I am a passionate admirer of the 19th Century Ecuadorian President Gabriel Garcia Moreno. See here…………
His body was secretly hidden in the Monastery Santa Catalina for almost 100 years after he was assassinated in 1875. Doctor Francisco Salazar discovered his body in 1975 – we helped publish his book about the search: “Encuentro con Historia”. Our cafe is not located inside the Monastery itself so it was not the hiding place of the body. However, a local elderly member of the neighborhood recently informed me that when the body was originally hidden….there was a team of private guards assigned to protect not only the remains of Garcia Moreno but the Monastery as well. These guards would patrol outside the Monastery 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
This went on from the time the body was hidden until the early 20th Century when the hidden body was all but forgotten about. The local we are currently occupying served as the barracks for these guards. Appropriately enough….we have named our new gastronomical endeavor “Café Dios no Muere” which were the final dying words of Garcia Moreno. The local itself, like the entire Monastery, is over 400 years old.
We recently had our grand opening which included a blessing by visiting American Priest Father Issac Maria Relyea. It was a grand affair and even attracted the Police musical band and a group of bicyclists! We are fortunate that the Nuns do not occupy the rear of this Monastery where we have the local.
We invite all of our visiting LWE readers to drop in for some delicious coffee, ice cream or a Louisiana Po Boy sandwich. And….the Nuns have given us permission to sell alcoholic beverages…but only beverages invented before the Reformation! So beer, wine and brandy are on the list. Ray has mentioned dropping in for some Southern Blues with his guitar sometime in July. Stay tuned!
Cafe Dios No Muere - Entrance
Blessing by Visiting American Priest Father Issac Maria Relyea
Pedestrian Street Beside the Cafe
.....and a Group of Cyclists
A Good Location
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