Blue dragons, a pub and beer

How residents of East Talpiot turned a local falafel place into a community-owned pub and social center.

September 26, 2018 15:00
Blue dragons, a pub and beer

THANKS TO Barmon, locals finally have a place for evening meet-ups and relaxation.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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Large freshly painted plastic dragons are the first thing one sees when entering the commercial center that serves residents of East Talpiot (also known as Armon Hanatziv) and beyond. The dragons serve as slides and climbing objects to the area’s children and are comfortably situated in a lovely green park with handsome benches and a pleasant view of the city.

As new olim trickle in from nearby Beit Canada and a white-bearded haredi father encourages his young daughter to compete in backgammon with a secular female patron, Shmaya Bender and Asaf Shahar begin to set the bar tables, take beer out of the fridge and place lights to shine as the evening progresses. David Mizrahi, who operates the falafel stand during the day, lightly rebukes Bender for the state of the tables and swoops in to help with the cleanup. When he sees me taking notes, he asks me to add that he can prepare a laffa in mid-air.


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