Inside Barra Lighthouse a bistro to gather family and friends
Farol da Barra, one of the most beautiful architectural heritage in the city, now has the Farol Café and Wine Bar. The place is led by chef Lucius Guadenzi and his wife, the businesswoman Roberta Guadenzi. They also own Du Chef Restaurant. The couple won the concession for the place’s exploration, which is managed by Abrigo do Marinheiro, and is already making the place into a meeting point for Bahians and tourists.
In the menu there are foods like quiches, saltenhas, pies and the coffee part with cakes and brigadeiros. The wine list was elaborated by Roberta, the house sommelier. To harmonize, cold cuts boards can be done by the customers, who choose between the diversity of cheeses such as Dutch or a French cheese, as well as the ones from Serra da Canastra and also the Bahian cheese, in addition to the sausages, ramon (Jamón) and crudos. They all come in portions and are priced and you choose as you wish.
Both in Farol Café and Wine Bar and in Du Chef Restaurant, the entrepreneurs seek to work with regional, Brazilian products. They focus very much on the cachaça, the 100% organic coffee from Chapada Diamantina, and on the countryside cheese. Products like biscuits, jellies and cachaças can be taken as souvenirs. Part of the production comes from Du Chefe itself, the other part comes from the local producers, also valuing the small producers.
Some of the interesting proposals that have made this project to be chosen to occupy the place was their cultural agenda. At the top of the lighthouse, we can have a 360º view of Salvador and from the patio, the visitor has a 180° view of the entire All Saints Bay. It is in this pleasant place that they will promote MPB shows, acoustic music, Jazz, plays, dance performances and they are even bringing back the Folkloric Show to the patio. The idea is that people spend more time there, visit the Nautical Museum and stay until after sunset. It is also for this reason that now the time runs until 11:00 pm, from Thursday to Saturday.
“I love Salvador, I was born in Periperi, in the suburb of Salvador. I chose Barra to invest and to live when I returned to Brazil. I think all the revitalization work that has been done in the neighborhood is amazing. I can see this place for the next ten years, I think it will be one of the best neighborhoods in the world to live in”, says Lucius Guadenzi.
Barra neighborhood is really charming, you can do everything on foot. It has the waterfront for sports, beautiful urban beaches, the musical trucks (trios elétricos) and parades of the Carnival main circuits in Salvador pass by there, and there is the Barra’s Marine Park project, which is very close to being approved. This will be a protection area that will go from Barra’s Lighthouse until Porto da Barra beach. In this extension, it is necessary to preserve three shipwrecks that keep an infinite biodiversity. “It’s not necessary to talk much about Barra, it’s better to come and live,” says Lucius.
Farol Café and Wine Bar
Opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, until 11:00 pm.
Address: Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra – Largo do Farol da Barra, s/n – Barra, Salvador – BA, 40140-650
Museum’s Maintenance fee: visitors R$ 15.00 (normal) and R$ 7.50 (half). For residents R$ 5.00.
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Farol Café & Wine Bar. Foto: Amanda Oliveira.