One day, Rezo said that he wanted to open a theater cafe “not so people could eat, but so that one single coffee bean could be roasted all day long, filling the theater with its aroma”. And so, in 1996 a cozy café appeared in the theater. Its first name was “Don’t grieve!” and it is one of the few cafes in Tbilisi from that era that is still open.
Today, in the theater Café Gabriadze there are four rooms and a summer terrace that looks out onto Rezo’s Clock Tower. Theater Cafe Gabriadze has always been a meeting place for the theater community and artists from around the world.
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 good 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 Goryui! Bottles of the best Georgian wines line the shelves above the bar, all their labels designed by Rezo. 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, The Eccentrics, Marshal de Fantier’s Diamond.
We offer a rich menu of selected dishesthat combine authentic traditional recipes and contemporary methods. We use the freshest top quality ingredients that are bought daily from the local market and carefully prepared by our chefs. Choose from an appetizing selection of freshly hand-made baked goods, assorted succulent meats from our wood-burning grill, and a nourishing variety of hearty soups and healthy salads – including options for both vegetarians and vegans. All of our sauces, pickles and preserves are prepared in-house from local seasonal ingredients. For those who want to let their hair down, we have a delicious assortment of desserts on offer, including home-made ice creams…
The bar has an extensive list of beverages, including traditional Georgian wines and home-made spirits.