Asturian-born Gumersindo Gómez returned from Cuba in 1888 to live in Madrid, where he invested the money he had earned. On May 15 that year he opened a coffee shop named “Gran Café Gijón” in honour of his home town. Gumersindo could never have imagined that his café, based in the Castellana area, would eventually be regarded as “the last literary café in Madrid”. Famous authors and intellectuals such as Canalejas, Ramón y Cajal, Pérez Galdós, Romero de Torres, Ramón María del Valle Inclán, Cossío, Cañabate, Gerardo Diego, Torrente Ballester, Sastre and Cela have all sat round tables here to discuss an endless range of topics. In 1914, Gumersindo sold the premises to barber Benigno López Jabato under three conditions: the price was 240,000 reales, it would continue being a café and the name would never be changed. Today, its tables are still the setting for chats and discussions.
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