La Central by Mario Pagán pays homage to a fundamental emblem of Puerto Rico’s history: “la caña de azúcar”, through the creative use of sugarcane and rum in each of its dishes. Accents of the past are quickly brought back to life by the energy of the open charcoal kitchen and the bustle of the evening crowd. The restaurant has an ample bar and lounge area, with a copper rum still in the center, a permanent stage for events and live music, a private dining room, a Cigar Room, the main room, the mezzanine, and a terrace. The tropical decor is inspired by the sugar mills, the distillation towers, the aging barrels and the cane, coffee, and tobacco crops, from the beginning of the last century. For this reason, the space incorporates metals, wood and warm colors that reminds guests of this moment in time, while adding elements of modernity such as furniture. To incorporate art into the space, a large-format artwork by the Puerto Rican artist Carlos Mercado entitled “La Zafra”, in oil and gold leaf, and inspired by the work of the famous photographer Jack Delano, is located on the main wall, unifying all the design elements. The space can accommodate up to 200 people and is also available for events and groups.