“‘I am of those who like to stay late at the café,’ the older waiter said. ‘With all those who do not want to go to bed. With all those who need a light for the night.'” The passage from Ernest Hemingway, perhaps better than any other in literature, exemplifies the need for a no-fuss place to meet, eat, drink, talk, read, or simply sit and watch people pass by. Lulu hopes to encourage a similar camaraderie at the bustling intersection of Main Highway and Commodore Plaza.White letters on the back of the staff’s black T-shirts spell out the mission: neighborfood.
A comparison closer to home would be to GreenStreet Café, located directly across the street. Sylvano and Maida Bignon, both from Paris, have been owners of that spot for about three decades. In June 2008 the couple rolled out Lulu, a younger, hipper — dare we say artsier? — version of their flagship venue. Lulu’s indoor space is lounge-like, with a small bar, flat-screen television screens, and walls splashed with urban-style collage art.