CatBar History


Becoming Veggie

1982 Back in the old days...
there was a band called CRASS,
their symbol is on our Cat beermats left knee
their records came with leaflets, one of which, possibly from the ALF,
said that cows were being fed with cow meat,and chickens with chicken,
and that if humans eat humans they go mad, (apparenty humans taste of chicken)
it seemed logical, so I gave up eating dead animals
and sure enough by 1988 lots of cows were going mad,
maybe chickens too, but how can you tell? and it killed humans too..
Mad Cow BSE info here >

Modern History

2008 Oct 15th: In Bar Fúcar, on Fúcar street. Madrid
It had just changed name to "El Azul de Fúcar"
Bar Azul
but is now called "Be Hoppy" a craft beer bar
Geraline asked me, Roy, her flatmate for a month, what my plans were after Madrid?
I told her a daft, drunk, idea..."to open a vegan food bar with a choice of beers"
Geraldine though it was a very good idea for Barcelona, but not Madrid.
Her logic was that Madrid is Spanish and big meat eaters,
where as Barcelona is European, with lots of North European vegans visiting..
So I rode the Ducati back to North England,
and Geraldine moved to Barcelona,and started looking at locations and prices of bars.
In those days, you could invest your retirement fund, in a bar with a licence,
and know that you could sell it later, with the value rising with inflation,
even more if was a money makeing operation.
I visited Barcelona for the first time in December 2008, did the tourist thing,
and it was warmer than the north of England.
May 2009 rode back to Barcelona, in 30 hours,
and started looking at, and visiting, potential bars


Aug 2nd 2009 We get the keys
Facebook said there were 250 people interested in "vegan"
can't remember if it was just Catalunya or Spain..






"Brexit" Sept / Oct 23

Brexit and the Burger base mix.
Another panic, will it arrive on time??
it used to take 10 days before Brexit, still looking for an EU country that can supply it..