December 19, 2014
Missing Argentine businessman Rolotti found dead in India
Héctor Rolotti was found dead in India today. The owner of the well-known Novecento chain restaurant remained missing since Monday, when he waded into the Ganges River to save a woman’s life. The wbesite of Novecento, that is also located in New York and Miami, reads a quote by Rolotti and shows a yellow ribbon, a symbol in the US that someone who is far from home will soon return safe.
Forty-six-year-old Rolotti, founder of the Novecento restaurants in Buenos Aires and abroad, remained missing since Monday in the Indian city of Rishikesh.
“He and a group of people saw a woman being overwhelmed by the current, from the banks of that raging river,” the Rolotti's 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 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 lived in Miami where Novecento has two restaurants.
The website of Novecento reads a quote by its founder and shows a yellow ribbon, a common practice in the US that symbolizes hopes of a safe and soon return for that who is far or abroad.
"Friends, guests, employees who left, leave and will leave their mark everyday; they are part of this magical journey, this dream and this mystique. Novecento is theirs... Novecento is yours."