Between one business and another, Sergio invented an amazing restaurant
Sergio never stopped and never gave up, even in adversity. When he left Oca, his situation got worse. Now with four children - Ângela, Veronica, Adriana, and Roberto - Sergio needed to make sure he could support them all. Since he was designing the interior architecture of the Manchete building, which belonged to Bloch Editors, hired by Adolfo Bloch while still at Oca, Sergio decided to continue the work. All of the furniture at Manchete was from Oca, and the contract was with the store, but Sergio did not want to abandon the project and volunteered to complete and supervise it, even if not making any money for his work.
Sergio even made Manchete's theater, innovating with a wall full of pieces of Jacaranda that were left over from the furniture, an invention later copied by many people. One day, Sergio met Bloch at Manchete. Surprised, Bloch asked:
– Sergio, what are you doing here supervising the work? You are no longer at Oca.
– But this is my responsibility, I have to oversee it, said Sergio.
Adolfo was impressed and decided to sign a separate agreement with Sergio.
– You will be Manchete's architect.
That was his salvation. For a long time, Sergio worked for Adolfo Bloch's company. But the arrangement with the owner of Bloch was not enough to solve his life. Since he was restless and could never settle down, he imagined making a lifelong dream come true. Sergio dreamed of finding a restaurant that was not cold, but warm, and where the customer would feel like he was at a friend's place. Also, talking about eating well was one of his favorite subjects. So why not do both at the same time? In other words, why not realize that dream and the desire to eat a meal in a cozy atmosphere by launching a new venture? His first wife, Vera Maria, cooked very well and it would not be hard, he thought, to get a good place.
They got a house at the Botanical Gardens, on Corcovado street, 252. Franco Magrini, an Italian production engineer who was a good friend of Sergio's, agreed to work with him at the restaurant. Vera prepared the food, Magrini's wife made the arrangements. The ceiling was all painted by Juarez Machado, an already well-known artist at that time. There was a lot of sophistication and a bit of everything on the walls: Companhia das Índias ware he was given by his grandmother, important paintings, old plane collections, in short, a fantastic stage design with everything Sergio liked.