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The local hospitality brand power "and Flemish mining of La Union (02/03/2011)

The Union, March 2, 2011.

The hospitality of The Union does not want to miss the big tourist pull Mining Park, with more than 30,000 visits in its first six months, and Cante de las Minas, to enhance its relationship with the historical and cultural heritage unionense, so each More and more entrepreneurs who take the mark "Mining and Flamenca" and sharpen the wit as a lure to their premises.

Thus, it is common to see how some restaurants and bars echo the imaginary mining in the interior design, with trucks, derricks or carbides; of Flemish staging, with blankets, pictures of singers and artists, or racks, and screens with form of guitar and gastronomic tradition, with the recovery of dishes and drinks more mining boom era.

An example of this vision is in La Venta 'The Downloader', representing the mining industry since its inception, when it was only one store to the miners who came arrived in the 'Train Ratchet' to relax with a glass of wine, and now fill their canteens with customers arriving on tour buses from the Mining Park.

"We have invested heavily, as with the Mining Park business has improved a lot," explains the owner, Isabel Giménez and Jacinto Navarro, who have not hesitated to introduce flamenco motif decoration, elaborate dishes such as 'salad wagon,' or take advantage the prohibition of smoking in installing a terrace and an awning which reads "The Union, Mining and Flemish."

An awning that also wears the Bar 'Blacksmith' in one of the city's busiest arteries, the main street, whose owner, Gregorio Garcia, considered "a great way to get noticed something else", but adds that "here we always have our past flamenco gala honoring the singer Eleuterio Andreu, winner of the Mining Lamp in 1964 and grandfather of my wife. "

For its part, the Inn 'New California' by Miguel Angel Alba recalls the nickname given the emerging city of La Union in the late nineteenth century, an allusion to an era of progress and fortune hunters that is embodied in interior full of carbides , keys, hammers, derricks and mineral collections, adorned with wooden structures that give a special touch.

How special is the "mining friendly" that Albaladejo has recovered and that the miners used to drink before going to work, hot, full of anise and clove of garlic because they take into hunger, "he explains.

A liquor of land whose name is registered with the huge demand generated among visitors to Madrid and Seville during the last Festival del Cante de las Minas.


But if there is a place that exudes tradition and modernity at the same time, this is the restaurant 'The Cruet ", unique in the region that belongs to the Centennial Circle Restaurants in Spain and whose manager, Fernando Martinez, applauds the initiative of hoteliers unionenses, but says that "the only thing that will make people come to the Union throughout the year is bet on the difference."

"The Union is different, with landscapes that are not elsewhere, a great culture with many painters and artists, an idiosyncrasy that must be sold, transmitted," said Martinez, who said "it is very difficult to attract customers from outside only offering café and bar, only when we have a quality restaurant people will come for trips and walk our streets. "

In the case of 'The Cruet ", the difference is also in the interior design, where visitors can enjoy mining trucks in the cafe bar, the walls riddled with historical images, a holster on the kitchen window , a guitar-shaped screen in the restaurant, or a decoration where posters include silkscreen prints of flamenco Cante de las Minas.

And therein, in Flemish art, is where the employer seeks the difference Antonio Rabal for your restaurant 'Castillete' under the skirts of the legendary Cabezo Rajao, and among its projects is the launch of "Flamenco Nights" means a cultural initiative to revive the spirit of the old cafés cantantes that become a reality, would have a unique setting and a pool of artists already beginning to take shape in the School of Flamenco.

Source: Ayuntamiento de La Unión

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