We're expanding and taking part of out house to Príncipe Real
who are we?
Pequeno Café e Bistrô opened in March 2020, in Mercado de Arroios, Lisbon. It was four days before the first lockdown, a period of great uncertainty for everyone. Willing to grow and show our business - a kind of second home - to the public, we adapted to the new reality and continued on a take-away basis for about three months.
We then reopened to the public with minor changes to the menu, fewer tables and more distance between them, masks and a lot of determination. These were two years marked by changes in legislation, which required a lot of calm and flexibility. With the world situation, it became even clearer for us the need to create a welcoming environment, a small refuge. We are a neighborhood cafe and restaurant, we bring homemade, local, seasonal, organic and vegetarian food to Arroios, as well as several vegan options.
The goal at Pequeno has always been to welcome guests as if they were at home, to offer quality food in a welcoming environment, to draw our audience's attention to good nutrition and balance, thus encouraging conscious decision-making. We work, whenever possible, with local suppliers, organic food , emphasizing direct contact with the producer. We believe that relationships, above all, are personal and we make a point of knowing the entire journey of our product and the people who are part of its process. We take to the families of our customers (Miguel, Bárbara, Susana, Ricardo, Carolina, Sofia, Marta, Bruno; and many others) the food made by Tomáš, Duda, Dani and Ira, but planted by Carlos, harvested by Maria, delivered by Felipe. Gonçalo's specialty coffee came from Brazil to be roasted in Portugal, surprising taste buds and enchanting hearts. Accompanied by a fresh cake, there's nothing like it. In the late afternoon, nothing like a natural wine made by Hugo, a craft beer from Henrique or a kombucha made by us. We are more than a restaurant, we have created a small community that looks at its consumption in a conscious way, that is fond of its relationship with food and creates a small affectionate network. Nice to meet you, we are Pequeno!
what do we want going forward?
We intend to bring to the heart of Príncipe Real part of what we already do in Mercado de Arroios, with the same principle. A convivial place, good food, good service, a place where customers will always feel welcomed, a little piece of our home - and theirs too. With the possibility of expanding to a larger space, we also see the opportunity to bring awareness to food and our part in the food industry. We make from scratch most of the products we sell, we stay away from ultra-processed products and we look more and more closely at what we consume - as people and companies. We are aware and diverse, we welcome with a smile and embrace all audiences. We want to build a safe place for everyone, where welcoming is the main thing. Pequeno is our home, and we want it to be our customers' too. We want to bring our homemade food to more people, snacks that feed body and soul, that bring a smile to your face in the middle of a busy day.
and how can you be part of it?
We have already found the physical space to call our new home, but we need help to remodel it, to give it our little touch. With the money from the crowdfunding, we will make small repairs, buy the equipment and decor we need so that we are ready to welcome you with open arms.