The standard Churrascaria e Restaurante Schumacher, from Guabiruba, opened for the final time on December 23, 2022. After 60 years in operation, the Kormann household, who personal the venue, determined to completely shut the job.
The official determination to finish “Schuma”, thus the title of the place, was taken at a household assembly that was held on Thursday (19/10). Since late final 12 months there have been rumors that the normal restaurant will shut, however there was no affirmation about the way forward for the institution.
“It at all times closed on the finish of the 12 months for just a few weeks, after which my brother Valdir, who runs the restaurant, determined he did not need it anymore. I am additionally of a sure age and my nephews all have their jobs, and eating places are a compromise. There are not any Saturdays, Sundays or holidays, so we determined to not open anymore. We’ll promote it,” stated Orides Kormann, son of proprietor Renata Schumacher Kormann, a restaurateur.
“It is unhappy for me to stroll down the road and see it closed, it is a heavy feeling, however someday all of it ends,” he added.
The historical past of Guabiruba’s most well-known institution begins in 1962, when Osvaldo Schumacher opened a steakhouse serving hen and barbecue. The brand new restaurant started to draw not solely residents of the small city, however particularly these from Brusque, who got here on Saturdays and Sundays to have lunch there.
“After some time, my grandma began making duck and folks preferred it, so she added macaroni, sauerkraut, eisbein so the restaurant obtained loyal clients,” stated Orides, former mayor of Guabiruba.
Osvaldo ran the restaurant for a time, then handed it on as an inheritance to his son Alcino. “It did not work anymore and my grandfather later bought it”.
It was Orides’ dad and mom who purchased the restaurant in 1974: Renata Schumacher and Harry Kormann. “My father labored till he died 4 years in the past, and my mom till early final 12 months, aged 89. He needed to cease as a consequence of sickness. His entire life is right here, ”he stated.
Lately, Dona Renata has been answerable for the kitchen. He determined to go all the way down to the restaurant early each morning to get issues underneath management, together with, many instances, he was the one who constructed the hearth within the restaurant’s woodstove. “The cooks come right here at 7 within the morning to construct a hearth and warmth the range, however after they arrive, mom has already lit it, she likes to do it a lot.”
Since Dona Renata’s departure, the restaurant has been underneath the duty of her son, Valdir Kormann. Alternatively, Orides helps on the busiest days.
The eldest of 5 youngsters, Orides has fond recollections of the restaurant. He began working on the website on the age of 11, whereas he was nonetheless underneath the path of his grandfather.
“I got here to assist. First he collects glasses, then he serves individuals. I lived till I used to be 14 years outdated. Then I went to work at Iresa’s after which I went to the restaurant on Saturday and Sunday. So it was till I turned 18, once I determined to journey to Germany. I stayed away for years and once I got here again it belonged to my dad and mom and I helped out on the weekends.”
Initially, ‘Schuma’ was open for lunch and dinner most days. Over time, the restaurant lowered the frequency of dinner to solely serve lunch.
This restaurant’s busiest time is at all times on weekends, particularly on Sundays. With a corridor with a capability of 356 individuals, on Sunday it may be virtually full. “I bear in mind one 12 months on Mom’s Day we served 485 individuals. That is lots of people.”
After Renata and Harry obtained into the enterprise, the restaurant’s flagship turned German specialties. Stuffed duck and eisbein (pork’s knee) are appreciated by many, not solely residents of Guabiruba or Brusque, however from a number of cities in Brazil and even in different nations, who at all times go away proud of the hospitality of the place and the nice meals.
A number of well-known individuals had the chance to benefit from the ‘Schuma’ duck from Guabiruba, akin to presenter Ratinho, goalkeeper Cássio, from Corinthians, the band Mamonas Assassinas, whereas acting at Brusque in 1995, amongst varied well-known singers and personalities.
“Each time different governors, deputies or politicians come to Brusque, they at all times take them to eat right here as a result of it’s a vacationer spot within the metropolis. It’s at all times a pleasure for us.”
Orides additionally highlights the success of ‘Schuma’ with the individuals of Brusque. In keeping with him, a lot of the restaurant’s clients are at all times impolite. A satisfaction for the household. “There’s at all times that discuss: one of the best duck in Brusque is eaten in Guabiruba,” he jokes.
For Orides, what was missing probably the most was buyer contact. “What I like probably the most are the purchasers. Arrive and see happy and completely happy clients. Your clients already know what you want, what you’ll order, what you’ll take. Many I put in automotive seats after they had been youngsters after which I put their youngsters and grandchildren in automotive seats. We serve generations. It is unhappy to finish, but it surely’s for one of the best,” he stated.
“I need to thank all of our clients and workers. We’ve got devoted cooks and waiters, who grew up with us, who’re already mates again residence. Congratulations on the work you’ve gotten executed right here through the years,” he concluded.
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