Kamenari – Clenched between the sea and the road, on a ferry crossing from one side to another side of the shore of bay of Boka Kotorska in Kamenari, stands the two floored house of Katurici, famous seamen and tradesmen. Beside it during the year passes more than million people. According to some calculations that is the figure of people who cross from one side to the other of the bay with the ferry hic docks in just in front of their house. In the grounds there is a café “Kamenari”, which for more than a century gives refreshment, rest, but also entertainment to the travelers, tourists, local people, actors, writers, and painters. His place has received the crowned heads. Montenegrin Kinf Nikola, and the Yugoslavian King Aleksandar has been here on his last travel, before the assassination in Marseille, he stopped in Kamenari.
The organizers of the bounty of the sailors on the fleet of the Austrian – Hungarian military with Raso Sisigoric Grabar, have met in the café of Katurici because, it was written, “Tomo is a patriot and an honest man”. A café, in the house next to this one, also the ownership of Katurici in 1906 was opened by the grandfather of the present day owner. Both are called Tomo. The old Katuric, the son of a maritime captain Mato Katuric, was corn trader and after a successful transaction in Odessa, in 1906 he opened a café with overnight stay in his birth place.
– My grandfather intended to name the café “Sumadija”, but the Austro – Hungarian authorities which at that time ruled over Boka did not allow him to do that, so he named the café “marina”. From 1918 to 1947 the café was named “Sumadija”, while for the last half a century it is known by the name “Kamenari”. Because of the construction of the main road the old house of Katurici was ruined in 1963, so the café was moved in their second, only few meters away house, where it is located today. In that house there was a big hall in which between two wars, and also later, until the re location of the café, were organized performances, charity balls, and theater plays. In the family collection they have preserved the invitations for the charity balls from 1910 and 1912 year. All the contribution was intended for the Red Cross of Montenegro, which speaks about the connections of Boka and Montenegro which even at that time were strong – says Tomo.
Good atmosphere in the café was contributed by the music device, the precedent of the jukebox which the grandfather Tomo brought from Vienna. It works even today. Often there was live music in the café, the orchestra from the neighboring Baosici, but also military musicians from Prevlaka.
– On the Saturday’s in front of the café, when there were dancing nights organized there were at times 250 bicycles “parked” – says the younger Tomo. The interior of the café is almost the same as it was the first day when it was opened. Abouth its luxury and refined taste even today testifies the magnificently made bar, the doors and the part of the other inventory.
The founder of the café Tomo Katuric ordered from Vienna postcards with the mptifs from Kamenari. He was not just a restaurant keeper but also one of the first tourist workers in these areas.
– My father and my grandfather were very friendly people of which testify numerous friendships and “kumstva” (the term includes being godfather or witness at wedding) with people of Orthodox and Catholic confession from Grbalj to Igalo – says Tomo.
The friendliness is also the trait of the present owner, their descendent, the maritime captain who sailed the entire world for 6 times – Tomo Katuric.