The Café Central in search of its origins, and with the help of our friend Eusebio Rioja, is with interesting historical data of other cafes that existed in the Plaza de la Constitución. And so that these curious and interesting data are not lost and so we can also make known the context in which our Central Cafe was born, we will gradually publish a series with the cafes that formerly populated this square. We begin this series with:
El Café de la Lobilla, de la Loba Chica o El Porvenir.
In fact, with these three names we find it. It would be installed in the Plaza de la Constitución, in the building next to the Café de la Loba. In the Guide of Malaga and its Province for 1878 by Lorenzo L. Muñiz we found it advertised as Gran Café-restaurant del Porvenir. (P.67) With the same name and the same dedication, it appears in the guides of Nicolás Muñoz Cerisola for 1881 (p.331) and for 1882 (p.675). In the newspaper La Union Mercantil of the day of the Kings of 1889 announced to organize dances of masks.
Very little is what we know about him. It does not appear in the book Cafés de Málaga by Don Francisco Bejarano, who in the streets of Malaga only says that it is a small auction house open to all businesses (page 310). The last paragraph of this work dedicated to the Plaza de la Constitución points out: “When these lines are printed, the” demolishing pickaxe “makes the building disappear, which, at the corner of Rodríguez Rubí street, bordered by the Consulate, occupied the café” La Lobilla “and, Another building, converted into a plot of land in the early days of the red period, in which Perez Bryan’s pharmacy was installed and which, because of its ornate and ornate ornamentation, called it “the astonishment of Damascus” and the “Alhambra Cholesterol, “the mutilated remains, dumb witnesses of a tragic epoch, also appear in the square.Finally, the old Economic Society of Friends of the Country, with its eighteenth-century ambience and outdated liberal air, has been re-established as the Center for Andalusian Studies , A promise of new and, at the same time, old efforts of culture.It has also been said to replace the old kiosks that remain in the center of the square.All this seems to prepare a new transformation of this centric site that always reflected the changes Of local history “(p. 315).
We found it until 1907 when coffee had to disappear. The only thing we can add for now is that we do not know that there were shows in their halls and that the surface occupied by their building was somewhat larger than that occupied by the current building. The callecita Rodríguez Rubí was narrower then.
Foto actual (2013) de la antigua ubicación del Café de la Lobilla