Fire takes down the Porto Alegre Public Market

Fire takes down the Porto Alegre Public Market

Tonight (06/07), Porto Alegre once again lost the most incredible place in the city: the Public Market. Consumed by the flames of a fire that started around 8:30 pm, it was a meeting place for the city’s old guard, gastronomy professionals, housewives and all kinds of citizens. I say ERA because, until a few minutes ago, more than 50% of its structure was already affected by fire. That Market is gone.
Photo: UOL
Just yesterday – how lucky I am! – I was there. I drank some water (sparkling, please) in one of the most traditional restaurants in the city, Gambrinus, which has been famous for over a hundred years for the Bolinho de Bacalhau. But, well, I was there for work. I went in search of chocolates, sugar, baking paper, new piping nozzles, in short, my last list of “things to buy at the market”.
Now, we are orphans (for how long?): The delicacies of Banca do Holandês, the historic fortunes of Banca 40, the precious utensils of Armazém do Conffeiteiro, the incomparable Comercial Martini, so many stalls of fruits and vegetables always so fresh and available . Now, we ran out of fishmongers, the ones we always complained about the smell. Without fishmonger and without the vatapá with dried shrimp that I promised my boyfriend. A sadness.
* The Public Market of Porto Alegre is 144 years old, has already suffered 3 fires and is listed as Historical and Cultural Heritage of the city.

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