The story of the Reusner family at Asado Bar

 The story of the Asado Bar Reusner family

History of the Reusner family – this is the success story of Kibbutz Alonim's Asado Bar.

Reina, 64, and her husband Miguel, 75, parents of four, met in 1975 when Reina was only 16 years old. Reyna and Miguel were born in Uruguay, but have Turkish and Polish roots, which are reflected in homemade food and values.

 Asado Bar Reusner Family Story

Photo: Gilad Har Sheleg

At 18, she married Miguel and gave birth to their first child, Nichols, a year later. Six years later, she was already the mother of four children. In Uruguay, the couple fared well: Miguel partnered with his brother in a spectacle frame factory until the country's economic situation began to deteriorate in the 1980s, forcing them to repatriate. In 1983 they immigrated with Reyna's children and family. Adapting here in Israel was quite difficult for Miguel. He did not manage to get a decent job here, and two years later, when the government changed and Uruguay became democratic, Miguel returned, and three months later he took his family with him.

How did you feel when did you leave the country?

“I really didn't want to leave. I felt good here. My whole family was here with me, but I had no choice because Miguel had a very hard time here.

In Uruguay, Miguel returned to work with optics, but this time he opened a shop. Reyna sent her children to a Jewish school and to various youth organizations that organized trips to Israel. Her eldest son, Nicholas, was on an expedition to Israel and during his stay here fell in love with religion and decided to convert. By the time he returned home to Uruguay, he was already religious, and the secular family had to adapt to his new way of life.

Nikolai repatriated as a religious person, and in order not to lose his son, the family made aliyah to Israel, this time for good. They remained in Uruguay for fifteen years until they immigrated to Israel, to the city of Yokneam, where their two older children were already living, and this time they immediately integrated.

Gradually they learned the Jewish tradition, their life in the country prospered and prospered. Reyna worked for her brother and Miguel was in the optical import business.

Reyna never forgot her Uruguayan traditions and she always wanted to open a restaurant here.

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 Asado Bar Reusner family story

Why open a restaurant? Where did this idea come from?

“My brother worked in a meat restaurant that was open only on weekends. We remember the long tradition of love for meat, and I also wanted to convey this love, along with quality service and family comfort, to the Israelis.

In 2003, Reina and Miguel opened the Asado bar, initially as a small kiosk on the outskirts of Kibbutz Alonim, which offers authentic South American grilled meats. The Roisners weren't really in the restaurant business, so the whole family came to help run the restaurant, and everyone played their part. The concept was clear. Prepaid, self-service, premium meat. South American music will play in the background, and the welcome will be warm and family like at home in Uruguay.

But the dream and reality diverged sharply. A few days before the opening of the restaurant, Reina was informed that she had breast cancer. The news hit her like thunder on a clear day. But she underwent treatment and surgery, recovered and returned to work in a restaurant. Three months before she fell ill, her 19-year-old son Damian told her that he was gay, and the family was shaken up again.

How did you feel when your son came out?

“I didn't feel guilty. The whole family reunited for my recovery when I fell ill, despite my history with Damian. I responded with love and support because this is my son. It took us two years to tell our family about this.

The life of the Reusner family seems to smile at them again, and the success of the small restaurant was not long in coming. They decided to transform it into a real restaurant, this time in the heart of the kibbutz.

 The story of the Roizner family from the Asado Bar restaurant

Photo: Gilad Har Sheleg

How to run a family business and still maintain family unity?

“For ten years we ran the restaurant alone. Gradually the children joined us, on holidays, or when they needed pocket money. We are a loving and warm family and it didn't hurt the family one bit because everyone knew what their role was.

Today, after years of management, the Reusners have handed over the restaurant to their sons, Damian and Sebastian. “We also learned to let go,” — says Reyna.

In 2019, as soon as the coronavirus hit, Reyna developed cancer again and had to undergo a mastectomy. She once again overcame a stubborn illness.

Today, Reyna and Miguel still come to the restaurant, ask for the opinion of the guests, and pass on the tradition of hospitality to their children.

 The story of the Roizner family from the Asado Bar restaurant

Photo: Gilad Har Sheleg

Asado Bar & Restaurant's concept is one of hospitality and passion for meat, and a menu of exclusively gourmet meats. The highlight is, without a doubt, the huge pieces of asado, which are strung on a cruciform skewer and grilled over charcoal citrus wood chips for eight hours before being transferred to the Parilla (South American BBQ). In addition, the restaurant has many other premium ways to cook meat.

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