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Café Rama


Cafe Rama Bistro and Art Gallery

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Café Rama


Cafe Rama Bistro and Art Gallery

 

It's a Destination

Delicious and fresh, Cafe Rama has something for every palate. From savory breakfast dishes accompanied by fresh squeezed juice to sumptuous burgers, salads and more. Peruse the art and shop through the one-of-a-kind jewelry selection while sipping on one of our original cocktails.

 
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Eat Together


Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of sweet, salty, and sour — even dessert.

Eat Together


Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of sweet, salty, and sour — even dessert.

-Rama-  In Spanish it means “a branch”; In Hindu it is a God;   In Sanskrit it means lovely, stands still, is pleased;   …and this is where it all began.  It was the dilemma of a tree…how to keep this old tree from falling down and use it as the center piece of Café Rama……and that we did.

“I never intended to be a restaurateur – I am an artist - and it all happened as a bit of an accident.   It started as a shared space with an organic grocery store and an idea for an ongoing fundraiser for a school in town.  As the project progressed, it became apparent that there were some structural problems that needed to be addressed…..a drain, a bathroom, a floor, a tree falling onto a roof, and ultimately I ended up building a separate kitchen and eventually taking over the entire space. 

Two years in I became a newlywed – my husband (Jaime) is an artist who soon after added his works to the restaurant – and when the chef abruptly left – Jaime came in and took over the day to day of the business.  

"Just one year later, the restaurant was expanded yet again, and Rama became the business it is today.   We built a space with a lot of heart that reflects our artist, eclectic taste, and a menu that is wholesome and comforting,” says Finn.

Café Rama was started in 2009 by Cheryl Finnegan “Finn”, an artist and entrepreneur who moved to SMA in 1999.   She is the founder of Virgins Saints & Angels, an international jewelry company based in SMA.  Jaime Shelley is a collected pop artist from Mexico City.  The two met in 2010 and married shortly after.  Café Rama is a merging of their artistic talents and travels.  Jaime uses the restaurant as his gallery space and Finn has a small jewelry store inside the restaurant.

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The Gallery


All paintings by Jaime Shelley

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The Gallery


All paintings by Jaime Shelley

Contact us for queries

I've been painting since I was a child. The first things I depicted were portraits. I painted the whole family, my friends and myself, out of curiosity only. I still remember that rebellious and challenging feeling about following traditional drawing techniques; my inner self pushed me to do just the opposite of what I was told to do, and this is how I still feel, loyal to a permanent quest, a style and personal aesthetics. This is probably the reason for my being a self-made artist. I'm not interested in being part of a specific style or trend; my interest is art for art's sake; that is, to tell what is inside me. This is something personal and natural. No conditions, no bearings, except those dictated by me. Painting, for me, is more than a profession: it is how I see the world, my world, how I see the moment I live, the things I am familiar with. More than a moralist I am ironic, always with a black humor. My belief is that a sense of humor is essential in life. My art tries to mirror human nature.And in this quest my mentors, those who have been guiding me - with great respect and venerable admiration - are Leonardo Da Vinci and the Renaissance painters; Diego Velazquez with his Meninas and thread-weavers with that admirable and unequalled technique.  

And in this quest my mentors, those who have been guiding me - with great respect and venerable admiration - are Leonardo Da Vinci and the Renaissance painters; Diego Velazquez with his Meninas and thread-weavers with that admirable and unequalled technique. Influence by Mexican art is that of some great muralists, like Jose Clemente Orozco, who caught my attention from childhood and stimulated my imagination. From the so called Rupture, I admire almost all of them, particularly Jose Luis Cuevas, an excellent draftsman and unending creator. Picasso and Andy Warhol, the father of Pop art, have had considerable influence on me; they both changed the way in which art is created and I greatly identify with their work. All of these artists have impacted and shed great influence on my work. All paintings created for this exhibit entitled Behind the screen, are oil on canvass, and have been drafted with the same primary color palette. My painting is the product of impetuosity from which clear vibrations and great chromatic luminosity emanate. Portraits are fascinating: they challenge the way in which we perceive reality. My works are not seeking perfection; they place themselves into the plastic work of a permanent search and evolution of shapes.