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Cafe Tortoni has survived various crises during its 150-year history.

It remained open despite a yellow fever epidemic in the Argentine capital that claimed the lives of thousands of people in 1871, violent disturbances outside the establishment during the severe 2001 financial crisis and the heavy hand of multiple dictatorships.

Only Covid-19 has managed to impose silence on the establishment, as has also been the case at other iconic, decades-old bars and cafes throughout Latin America.