Yesterday, Thursday September 8th was a milestone for Bristol Coffee and our entire team, as we had the official opening of Bristol Coffee House. Bristol Coffee House found its home in Hotel La Gran Francia, a charming hotel full of history in the colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua.
Read on, and get to know a bit about the history of our new home.
The original construction of the building that is now known as La Gran Francia dates back to the late 1520s, shortly after the city of Granada’s 1524 founding. The “casona” owes its name to its most famous inhabitant: the French Duke, Georges Choisseul Praslin, whose dramatic story of murder, feigned suicide, and escape from France with the help of King Louis Phillipe is the stuff of novels. The historic building even survived a deadly fire lit in 1856 by the American filibuster, William Walker, which practically destroyed the entire city. The southeastern wall of the casona completely collapsed in 1995 after years of dereliction. The arduous restoration of the building began later that same year, remaining faithful to the house's authentic colonial style and returning it to its original glory, which can today be enjoyed in its entire splendor.
Today you can find Bristol Coffee House behind the main corner doors of the building’s impressive façade - if you find yourself in Nicaragua, stop by! Sit, relax, and enjoy some of our delicious coffee and treats. We offer everything to satisfy any palate, from iced coffees to macchiatos, delicious salads, sandwiches, wraps and plenty of pastries, with vegetarian options for our non meat-eating friends. We promise you won’t regret your visit!
Have a splendid weekend, and remember good coffee is always a good idea. So go buy some Bristol Coffee why don’t you? Or better yet, come check us out in Granada!