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Liverpool's Latin quarter - just around the corner


Dec 18 2007

Liverpool's claim to be the world in one city has been boosted with the arrival of a Latino cultural cafe - opening to cater for the growing number of Latin Americans living in the area.

El Rincon Latino, on the corner of Roscoe Street and Oldham Street in the new City Gate development at the top of Renshaw Street, is thought to be the city's first dedicated Latino cafe.

It has been set up by All Things Latin (ATL), which has been behind three Latin American festivals in the past few years.

ATL's Chilean director Francisco Carrasco said the cafe showed their commitment to promoting cultural heritage.

He said: "This was a kind of natural progression for us. There is nothing like this in Liverpool; although there are Latin American restaurants, our cultural cafe is a very different kettle of fish.

"The new venue will offer a complete experience, more than just a café or a bar, more than a salsa venue, a place where you can come an experience a little of the vast richness that is Latin America."

The venue will serve authentic Latin American food, drinks from across Southern and Central America, and nights of Latin dance and live music.

Mr Carrasco also wants El Rincon to be a place for language enthusiasts to visit to practice Spanish, as there will also be at least one member of staff on duty who speaks Spanish.

The former director of the city's annual Brouhaha international street theatre calendar, he said Liverpool and the surrounding areas now have one of the biggest Latin American communities in the UK.

He said the Latin American community had grown largely due to the arrival of people from Bolivia, Colombia, Brazil and Peru in the past three years.

"All Things Latin's strong relationship with its community will ensure El Rincon becomes a focal point for them.

"There are a lot of Latin Americans living in the area, but many are invisible, some also feel isolated."

Mr Carrasco and business partner Freddy Perez are hoping to expand the venue into an adjacent unit to make a gallery and function room. The venue is linked with the Spanish Circle, University Latin American societies and institutes as well as Spanish courses across the region.

Events will include dance classes, Spanish classes, fiestas, conferences, training, showing of films and documentaries.

Mr Carrasco said the cafe aims to serve food from most Latin American countries, as the head chef is from Ecuador.

latin food is rubbish

comment by meshy fuser - 04/04/2011 03:01

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