Every dream requires a foundation, and my eye fell on a nice canvas with some deferred maintenance for this vision – an old building with potential, awaiting a loving touch and a breath of new life. This historic gem is brimming with character and charm, but it needs more than just a coat of paint; it needs a complete transformation to become the vibrant hub of community that I envisions.

My name is Bert and I’m now retired after 42 years of working and for a long time I have this dream to start something I really like. A small café in the heart of Bucharest. To start that I have to invest.

This is where you come in, my dear friends. I invite you to join me in making my dream a reality by supporting my crowdfunding campaign to restore this beloved building and bring this cafe vision to life. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, will make a tangible difference in turning my dream into a thriving reality.

A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skill of the others. No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.

With your support, I will not only revive a piece of local history but also create a welcoming haven where memories are made, friendships flourish, and hearts are nourished. Besides that I can still put my hospitality at the service of other people and the community. Together, let’s build more than just a cafe; let’s build a home away from home, a sanctuary for the soul, and a beacon of hope for the community in Bucharest also called ‘Little Paris’.

Linking Calea Victoriei with Strada Academiei in the old town of Bucharest, Victoria Passage, or Pasajul Victoriei as it is locally known, is an alleyway that cuts across a residential block. The once lavish building, whose façade is now covered with soot, was constructed at the beginning of the 20th century. At its heyday during the 1940’s, the edifice was home to Bucharest’s first puppet theater and first Chinese restaurant, an upscale perfumery as well as one of the city’s most popular bars, the Mercury Pub.

Since the building was adequately sheltered from bombing, it also became a wartime pilgrimage site for the capital’s rich and famous who flocked in droves to its ritzy premises. Over the years, the building, which spans across Calea Victoriei 48-50, lost much of its prestige together with the surrounding streets, falling into a state of neglect as Bucharest’s center of gravity migrated elsewhere.

In an attempt to revive some of the place’s former glory, local authorities invested over 2 million euros in 2010, renovating its famed passage. The centerpiece of the passage’s modern reincarnation were hundreds of colorful umbrellas, installed as a canopy along its entire route. Combined with the incoming daylight, it swiftly made this unassuming passage an incredibly vivid attraction. Since its colorful facelift, the passage witnessed the opening of several bars and restaurants. But as it seems, the place attracts far more enthusiastic Instagrammers than diners, the former of whom are lured by the zillions of flashy parasols that serve as an exceptional background for their multi-like pics.