The Perestroika bar with back-to-USSR vibes has opened near the Tsentralny supermarket in Minsk. A dishwasher who came with an idea of the place design became its manager.
Then you see a sickle and a hammer, a ZiL refrigerator in the corner, posters about pelmeni on the walls – all this take you back in time to the mysterious country. It’s daytime and, surprisingly instead of nostalgic Soviet music one can hear Modern Talking. The hall is divided into a bar zone with high tables and a comfy one with sofas and a dancing spot.
“We did not want to be about the USSR alone. We are located between the Tsentralny supermarket, which worked back in Soviet times, and McDonald’s, which is associated with the West, we decided to become Perestroika. The period when Soviet realities influenced people, but the spirit of the West overtook the country,” says the administrator.
This concept was suggested by a dishwasher, who has been working for the company for eight years, at a general meeting on the development of the cafe. “I had an idea to return to the 80-90s, but do it in a modern way. After all, at that time we had a shortage of everything, going to a cafe and ordering Chicken Kiev was a luxury,” says Olga Ivanova.
There will be anti-alcohol campaigns, retro parties and Diet No. 9. The menu will suit both those who love shrimps and lobsters but won’t say no to Kiev Chicken, pelmeni and kompot. Interior also features Zhiguli near the dance floor, the walls papered with yellowed newspapers, and a cardboard Kremlin cut-out near the record players.
Most decorations came from private collections, they are rare and expensive and were brought from different corners of the country.
Owners of the place believe that although the format is not new it will still attract young generations who know nothing about the time and those nostalgic about the Soviet Union. The average check is BYN 25-30/$12-14/€10-13 (borscht with salo and garlic BYN 9/$4,5/€4 , Makarony po-flotski BYN 12/$6/€5, Chicken Kiev with mashed potatoes BYN 14 /$7/€6). The cafe is open 24/7.