Sketched June 3, 2014
Brazilian eatery Tempero do Brasil is a bright spot in the University District. Not only for the color of the converted house but also for the lively personalities of the couple who opened the restaurant 14 years ago: Graça and Antonio Ribeiro.
Starting Thursday, Tempero will be hopping more than usual, as the World Cup soccer tournament kicks off in the Ribeiros’ native Brazil. Graça said in past World Cups, customers were standing on chairs, hugging, crying, playing drums. And even when Brazil was eliminated in quarterfinals, “we kept dancing and singing,” she said with a big smile.
If you come by to watch a game this year, don’t expect much elbow room — the restaurant only occupies the building’s basement and a covered patio. But a strong shot of World Cup fever, the rich flavors of Brazilian feijoada (stew) and the joyful spirit of the Brazilian people are guaranteed. “People should come to have fun,” said Antonio. “They will be happy.”