With the ever-increasing disappearance of the word papi in our neighborhood, it’s no wonder Guacuco, which caters to the Puerto Rican and Dominican set with its famed arepas, is trying to bring back some semblance of the language to Bushwick.
“We’ve been reintroducing Spanish gradually into our written communications. It’s been very subliminal, you know, like on receipts and things,” stated manager Juanlu Salababa, a 33-year-old originally from Jamaica, Queens.
So far, the reaction to the subtlety has been positive, with white people and out of town tourists taking the random Spanish words for “charm.” Regular patrons like Jorge Jimenez, a longtime resident of Knickerbocker Avenue, noted, “I like what Guacuco is doing. Their political stance is almost as good as their food.” Stay tuned for more gradual insertions of Spanish words at the restaurant. And, speaking of gradual insertions, you might want to head over to Illuminate Brooklyn afterward while you’re nearby.
Written by Genna Rivieccio