Porteño Corner: Ricardo Aristides Guerrero
Ricardo Aristides Guerrero
Owner, Casa Pintos Tobacco Shop
Avenida de Mayo 738, downtown
Q: How many years have you been here?
I’ve been here 50 years, since 1960 although we were in a larger location next door until 29 years ago.
• How old are you?
85 years young
• Do you smoke?
Yes, but not much. I smoke about five cigarettes per day.
• What kind of changes have you seen here on Avenida de Mayo in the last 50 years?
Oh, Buenos Aires has changed a lot. It was better before. The streets were better, the people were happier. Now there are a lot of social and political problems.
• Has the Buenos Aires smoking ban in public places affected your business?
Humans are contradictory. Now that it is banned, more people smoke!
• What is the best cigar?
The Cuban, the Cohiba. They cost AR$125 each so I don’t sell them much.
• What is your soccer team?
The best team: San Lorenzo.
• Anything else you’d like to say?
Us short guys don’t like it when a woman wears high heels because they forget about us petisos (little guys!)