Local Entrepreneurs Recognized for Their Community Support and Commitment

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Local Entrepreneurs Recognized for Their Community Support and Commitment

By Angela Barbosa

Known as a multifaceted mosaic of cultures, the city of Danbury is home to a diverse community and a hub for businesses that offer a gastronomic taste from all over the world. On September 07, two local restaurant owners were recognized during the celebration of Brazil’s Independence Day at Danbury City Hall, for their support and impact in the community.

Rubens Alves da Silva, 44, a native of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and Carlos Otavalo, 49, of Ecuador, owners of the Brazilian steakhouse Planeta Brazil Bar & Grill, received a mayoral proclamation for their valuable contributions to and support of local non-profits that provide services and resources to the immigrant community.

“I have been living in the United States for more than 15 years. I feel honored to be recognized by Mayor Mark Boughton, proud of my immigrant heritage and happy to be part of this great city,” said da Silva.

Da Silva is married to Elisângela de Oliveira Faria, and they have two children, Lucas, 7, and Pedro Henrique, 23.

Otavalo arrived in the United States 19 years ago. Besides Planeta Brazil, he owns two other businesses in Danbury – the Variedade Latina Store and Las Americas Restaurant. He is father to two children, Michael, 20, and Stacy, 11.

“Planeta Brazil is a restaurant not only for my fellow Brazilians to enjoy, but also something that introduces the rest of the community to our culture. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, I invite everyone to come and experience our food and service,” concluded da Silva.

In addition to the fixed price, all-you-can-eat, self-service buffet, Planeta Brazil’s menu offers appetizers and sandwiches, as well as desserts. They also have an extensive cocktail menu, with specialty drinks like caipirinhas, beer, wine and even dessert cocktails. There is always live music or karaoke on the weekends to spark this gastronomic journey.

Planeta Brazil Bar & Grill is located at 48 Newtown Road in Danbury. For more information, or to make a reservation, visit Facebook.com/Planeta Brazil.

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October 9, 2019

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