Anna is a German and she has moved to Berlin for almost 10 years. Now she works in a company, she also has her own catering business, Blackbird, and a bistro, Melro, which provides Portuguese snacks.
Why did you move to Berlin?
After finishing my Vocational education （Ausbildung）to become a cook, I worked in Hamburg. Later I got a chance to work in Berlin, and since I was a child, everybody was talking about Berlin and all my friends wanted to live there. So I thought, it is time to take a look of this city.
Do you like Berlin?
I like it and I hate it. The first few years I felt that I couldn’t live in other cities anymore, because this is such a convenient and interesting place. You will never be alone. No matter how late it is, there is always someone stroll on the street. You don’t need to be afraid. It’s almost ten years, sometimes I think, it’s time to live somewhere else, such as a city that the weather is warm and near the see. But since I have just opened this cafe in July, I think, I will still stay here for a while.
Do you have any tips for Berlin?
There is a market not far from here, called “Maybachufer”. The combination of lots of cultures let this market become really interesting. The most vendors speak turkish, so sometimes you will feel like you are also a little bit turkish.
Why did you decide to have a cafe?
It was a dream since I was a child. I want to have my own restaurant, bar, or something relatives to food.
I like this cafe! When the first time I came in, I looked around and then chose the seat in the corner next to the piano. The moment that I sat down I thought, ah, nice, this is the cafe I’m looking for, with comfortable and relax atmosphere. What’s the concept of this cafe?
There are many cafes with dark atmosphere, but that is not what I want. I want to create a fresh, clear and open space. I love see and warm weather, so I added some elements of ocean as well.
Then, why you supply Portuguese food?
I love Portuguese food. When I was lived in Hamburg, there was a restaurant, which provides Portuguese food. I visited there very often and I love it! I also visited Lisbon many times for inspirations when I was planning this cafe.
So, you know that you like to cook since you were little?
I think it is kind of under the influence, because one of our relatives has a restaurant. I did not have a concrete plan for my life, it just happened step by step.
You work very efficiently but still looks elegant, how did you make it?
I have studied Business after I moved to Berlin. This helps me a lot not only about my work in the company, but also my personal career. I know how to do my tax and to manage my own business. Working in kitchen and serving the customers let me learn to fix everything one by one without hurry. Even I am really exhausted, people still can’t feel it.
How did you choose the music here? And there is even a piano!
I have made some list for the music here, but I also let my partners to play the song they like. The principle is no Hip-Hop and no stressing music. Piano is just happened to be here. A friend said he can rent me a piano with good price, I think, ok, so we have a piano, and it did match the style of my cafe.
Then do you have any new plan? For example, you can hold some small concert here!
Yes, I’m thinking about that. To be honest, I found this place accidentally and on the next day I just signed the contract. I want to open my cafe in summer, because it is the season that people are willing to fool around the corner, or try something new. In winter, most people will go to where they already know directly. And it was already June; I must do that as soon as possible. Thanks to many friends' help, we finished the entire interior in 3 weeks and opened in July! Of course it was like chaos at the beginning, but it works and it’s getting better now. After Christmas and New Year, the busy season of catering, I will have more time to plan for the concerts.
I found this lovely cafe accidentally. The first time I was there I just took a name card and left since I have another interview in the same day. After I went home I sent her email and got the positive feedback. During the interview I can't help but ask how old she is, because she looks really young (and she is young in fact!). But she already has her own business and a cafe. I wish I could be like her someday, who is independent and has great ability as well!
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