Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

You'd Have to Be Loco to Think Our Restaurant Is like Film Dive, Says Boss

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

You'd Have to Be Loco to Think Our Restaurant Is like Film Dive, Says Boss

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Byline: Miranda Bryant

THE manager of a London restaurant today laughed off its portrayal as a soul-destroying dive in a new film, saying customers know it is far from reality.

Cubana in Waterloo stands in for the Loco Caliente, a fictional "greasy" Tex-Mex restaurant in Kentish Town, in the adaptation of One Day, David Nicholls's best-selling novel.

But while the movie, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, might bring untold publicity, it could also give the restaurant's bosses cause for concern.

Described as "the graveyard of ambition", the Loco Caliente is where Hathaway's character Emma Morley spends several miserable months as a waitress while her wealthy friend Dexter, played by Sturgess, goes travelling in India.

In the novel, Emma say she can feel part of her soul "die" while working "where both food and atmosphere were hot hot hot," saying it is "loco" because you would have to be "crazy" to work there and "caliente" because the air-conditioning does not work. …

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