One day, Rezo Gabriadze said that he wanted to open a cafe “not so people could eat, but so that one single coffee bean could be fried all day long, filling the theater with its aroma”. And so, in 1988 a café appeared in the theater. Its first name was "Ne Geryui!"--“Don’t grieve!”, or "Sans Souci"...Today, in the newly created Café Gabriadze in Tbilisi, there are three rooms and a summer terrace that looks out onto the ancient Anchiskhati Church and Rezo's Tower. Rezo designed the interior —everything from the paintings and posters on the walls to the sculptures and ceramics, from the tables and chairs to the curtains on the windows.Guests are greeted at the entrance by a bronze statue of Chizhik-Pizhik, the first copy of the same statue that stands on Fontanka Quay in St. Petersburg. You can stroke the bronze bird--they say it brings luck. In the wall to the left there is an "Easter Cove", lined with colorful tiles.The bar is decorated with a ceramic depiction of the film Ne Geryui! Bottles of the best Georgian wines line the shelves above the bar. Rezo designed all their labels. All of the tables and chairs have been hand painted by Rezo to show scenes and quotes from his movies and plays – Kin-Dza-Dza, Mimino, Eccentrics, Marshal de Fontier’s Diamond. There is even is a heart-shaped table for couples in love.The cuisine in Café Gabriadze is Georgian and European. Сhef Andrey RIVKIN has collected the best traditional recipes of Georgian dishes and selected suppliers of the most savory season and regional products from all over Georgia. The café has an extensive wine list and the bar serves up drinks to suit any taste.
The Gabriadze Theatre and Cafe Gabriadze