This Black-Owned Wine Bar Is Creating a Space To Bridge African Culture In Lisbon
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This Black-Owned Wine Bar Is Creating a Space To Bridge African Culture In Lisbon

Portugal , Lisbon , Portugal , wine
Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Dec 2, 2020

Tabernáculo by Hernâni Miguel is a Black-owned restaurant in Lisbon’s Bica District that opened back in 2015.

Inside, guests will have an experience like no other where they will be serenaded with live music and authentic African and Portuguese cuisine.

“I wanted to create a space for African and Portuguese food and live music for the community,” owner Hernâni Miguel said in a recent interview.

Miguel is on a mission to bridge the gap between the African diaspora and the Western world and create a safe space where people can learn through cultural exchanges.

The pandemic, however, has slowed down revenue for many Black-owned businesses, including Miguel’s restaurant.

The wine bar was closed for five months but recently reopened in August. Even still, business is not what it used to be.

Cuisine Noir reports the lack of income resulting from being closed for five months put Miguel behind in paying his taxes to the government. That caused a ripple effect where Miguel did not qualify for financial support from the government.

There’s currently a GoFundMe Page set up to help Miguel offset the financial burden.

The donations will help Miguel keep his doors open by providing help with the rental lease, operating costs, and keeping the two employees left on payroll.