Tere Cercós, together with her husband Antonio and son Jordi, is the soul of the Bodega Marín. With a head of curly blonde hair, she is constantly checking out the place, making sure clients are welcomed, feel at home and are served promptly.
What's the bodega's history?
La Marín was opened as a corner shop in 1916 by Enrique Marín. In 1941 another Marín, Emilio, took over although he wasn't a relative of the original owner. In 1961 it passed to Encara Marín, who, despite also sharing the surname, wasn't part of the same family either; it doesn't seem possible, does it? It was she and her husband Fernando who converted the premises into a bodega and they started to offer croquettes and tapas to clients, a custom that I kept when we took over in 1991.
Hundreds of people have passed through here. Who do you particularly remember?
Our cat, Mini, was very famous: she sat in her chair and everybody said hello to her. She was a part of the bar from day one until 2010.
What is the current situtation for the bodega?
At risk of closing due to the uncertainty created by the new owner of the building.