"It’s a culture and a away of life that can bring you peace," de Castro says. "It’s a philosophy, really, a kind of zen attitude toward life. Learning to taste tea - it changes a little the way you look at life, and we would like to share that with Detroit."
Just as integral to the concept of a French cafe is art and literature, de Castro tells MT, and La Bohème will regularly hang local artists' work, host live music, and invite poets to the stage in the building's basement.
"We want to offer Detroit something French and build that bridge between Paris and Detroit. It's part art and literature, and part French way of life," de Castro says. "I think it's something unique for here."
La Bohème opens on Feb. 14 with an exhibit by photographer/metalsmith Darko Stojanovski. The public opening runs from 7.30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the cafe will host a private party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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