South Bronx Eatery Hearkens Back to Hip-hop Days

One of Andre Trenier’s murals featuring other artists’ tags in Beatstro. (Photo by Alex Mitchell via Bronx Times)

A new restaurant in the South Bronx, Beatstro, aims to provide customers with an aura of the hip-hop era of the 1970s and ’80s, while serving up “southern dishes, Puerto Rican dishes, and of course some modern stuff mixed in as well,” co-owner Alfredo Angueira told Alex Mitchell of Bronx Times.

“We wanted to keep the aesthetic very nostalgic but modern, it’s something that’s hard to pull off,” said Beatstro’s co-owner Alfredo Angueira.

As far as nostalgia goes, the front of the 135 Alexander Avenue eatery is designed to replicate a record shop from the 1970s.

It’s only after you pass through a black curtain that the hip-hop speakeasy’s retro-modern design is seen, heard and tasted.

Antique furniture sits underneath huge crystal chandeliers while the wall art is themed to the Bronx of the 1970s.

Famous photos of the Bronx and hip hop’s early days from Joe Conzo hang near murals of rappers and teens of the 70s painted by local artists such as Andre Trenier.

Go to Bronx Times to find out more about the decor and cuisine, and in what ways Beatstro is “like your grandma’s house,” according to Angueira.

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