So I am sitting at this cafe steps from the
fat man’s Prime Minister’s house and, ironically enough, the Center for Conservative Judaism in Jerusalem. So Danny, the owner of the aptly named restobar runs a swank joint! Great selection of drinks, free wifi, and this coffee drink he brought to Israel from Italy called the Icepresso (which laya is holding up in the pic).
An Icepresso is a shot of espresso served in a champagne glass, chilled to within an inch of its life and shaken till it looks like a pint of Guiness. Laya says it’s yummy and I believe her – I don’t drink coffee. Danny also adds vodka and Kahluah for a cocktail version of this caffeinated pick me up.
You wouldn’t know it by looking but restobar is the site of the former Moment Cafe where 11 people were killed and 54 injured on the 9th of March 2002. All that remains is a stone plaque put up by the municipality that marks the attack and lists the fatalities. Jerusalem is full of these plaques and it is kind of remarkable to see just how many there are and in places which I frequent often. But for the grace of G*d, right?
So I am staying at this apartment in Rehavia and from the balcony I can see the fence. Thanks to the fence and the continued vigilance of the Israeli security services, suicide bombings seem to be a thing of the past and Jerusalem (especially) is coming back to life. People are on the street till all hours, Mikes Place has even opened a Jerusalem branch! I’ll be heading there for a bit tonight to see some Israelis butcher poor Neil Young, spelt Kneel Jung. Oy. Haven’t the Canucks suffered enough?
restobar cafe is at 1 Ben Maimon Rambam street (across the street from the Prime Minister’s residence, around the corner from the Kings Hotel). They can be reached by phone at 02-5665126. Tell Danny Jewlicious sent ya!