Costa Rica: Snapshots – Johnny’s
One of the great things about being on vacation is we get to try a variety of food – all cooked by other people. One place we enjoyed in Monteverde was Johnny’s, a pizza place with beautiful teak walls and open light space. We were lured in as well by the name, our son’s. Roberto, an older Costa Rican who spoke excellent English, was our friendly, well-trained waiter. I had the veggie burger – one of the best I’ve ever had. Barry opted for the lunch special pizza.
We loved the attention to detail, the open seating, and the tasty food.
We liked sitting on the balcony.
But thinks can quickly change. We’d heard fire sirens and smelled smoke earlier that morning. And as we walked toward the Cloud Forest, we saw the fire hoses. I kept saying, “I hope it isn’t Johnny’s.”
It was Johnny’s. The owner was there talking urgently into his cell phone. His wife held him, her arms circling his shoulders. The restaurant, opened since 1993, was completely destroyed. We passed the still smoking, charred remains.
The owner and his family must have put everything into what had been a beautiful restaurant. Roberto and the other employees are out of work. Does Costa Rica provide unemployment insurance? Did the owner have insurance? No one I asked seemed to know. The owner, staff, the community are all impacted in this loss. 😦
Elizabeth, a Monteverde resident, says that things in Monteverde have a way of working themselves out.
When you go to Monteverde (and I return), I hope that we find a rebuilt Johnny’s.
Pura Vida, Renée