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Novecento owner goes missing in India

The owner of a well-known Buenos Aires City restaurant was reported missing yesterday in India, where he had allegedly waded into the Ganges River to save a woman’s life. The Foreign Ministry confirmed that the Argentine Embassy in India was “handling the issue.”

Forty-six-year-old Héctor Rolotti, founder of the Novecento restaurants in Buenos Aires and abroad, has been missing since Monday from the Indian city of Rishikesh, his company revealed.

“He and a group of people saw a woman being overwhelmed by the current, from the banks of that raging river,” the company said. “Some of the group members threw themselves in hoping to save her. They managed to rescue her and get out of the water, not without a huge amount of difficulty. Unfortunately Héctor, the last person to get out of the river, was swept away by the current.”

Father of four Rolotti was reportedly in the region on a meditation trip, accompanied by his wife, Mora Bárbaro, and a group of friends.

Born in Córdoba, Héctor Rolotti founded his restaurant business in 1991, aged 25, with a small coffee shop in the Soho district of New York City.

In 1994, Rolotti founded Novecento, a restaurant that became a chain when in 1999, Rolotti opened his first store in Argentina in Las Cañitas, later followed by a restaurant in Martínez in northern Greater Buenos Aires then his native Córdoba and the beachtown of Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Rolotti has lived in Miami where Novecento has two restaurants.

Herald staff with DyN

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