The Kiseleff Roadside Buffet (1892) – “Bufetul de la Sosea”
The “Kiseleff Roadside Buffet” was initially designed for the 1889 Paris World Exhibition as a “Romanian pub”, but eventually it was set up as a “buffet” on Kiseleff Road, the “green artery” that has been a traditional place for entertainment and leisure for the locals. At the beginning of the 20th century, people used to gather in the garden of the Buffet to listen to the famous Romanian violinist Grigoras Dinicu (then in the early years of his career) and his band. The charming Buffet houses today a fine restaurant with garden.
Designed by the Romanian architect Ion Mincu, the construction is inspired by the Wallachian vernacular architecture of mountain inns, with raised basement and arched veranda sustained by carved wooden pillars. In this original and picturesque work regarded as the most successful expression of the Neo-Romanian style, Mincu freely combines colors and decorative motifs and patterns typical to Romanian arts and architecture.