Camden Town restaurant has Maradona makeover
Blue and white kit painted onto side of building
17 January, 2020 — By Tom Foot
A POPULAR Argentinian restaurant has kitted its building out in the famous blue and white stripes of the national football team – and the number 10 of controversial icon Diego Maradona.
La Patagonia, in Camden High Street, unveiled the paint job on Monday.
Co-owner Noah Mirelman said: “My parents are from Argentina but I’m from London and I’m from that generation that still has a bit of fear of making a point that you were from Argentina. “I was a kid in the ‘80s and you would get a lot of ‘Argie this, Argie that’. You would rather not draw attention to the fact you are from Argentina and I was a bit worried about complaints.”
He added: “It was my partner’s idea, really, and we have been planning to do it for a while because we thought it would stand out. It’s an iconic concept and we thought it would go well with the restaurant.”
Maradona is remembered among England fans for his famous “hand of God” goal in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final.
Mr Mirelman added: “We’ve had a few players come down to eat recently – Carlos Tevez about six months ago. Lamela, from Spurs, he had a milanesa – not fried. We’ve had Ossie [Ardiles] and Ricky [Villa] too. Diego hasn’t been yet!”
Mr Mirelman’s grandfather was one of the first Argentine writers to explore the Patagonia wilderness in the 1920s and wrote a book of short stories called La Tierra Maldita [The Forbidden Land].