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El Bulli To Close?

zuriga1 Feb 13, 2010 07:01 AM

I've been told that El Bullie is closing. Is this permanently, just for awhile? Does anyone know the real story?

  1. zuriga1 Feb 13, 2010 10:08 PM

    I'm going to assume that we will all know in due course. :-) Ah, the media....

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    1. re: zuriga1
      MikeG Feb 15, 2010 10:45 AM

      Ah, the media....
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      Not to mention those zealously protective of their "brands" ;) . Apparently the "confusión dialéctica" has now been clarified (or "elaborated upon" depending on one's perspective!) to everyone's satisfaction (lol): http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

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      Quimbombo Feb 13, 2010 07:28 AM

      El Bulli will be closed for 2 years. Adria supposedly will be experimenting and bringing new dishes to light.

      http://eater.com/archives/2010/01/26/...

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      1. re: Quimbombo
        MikeG Feb 13, 2010 09:30 AM

        Apparently they later decided to close it permanently: http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

        1. re: MikeG
          SnackHappy Feb 13, 2010 02:45 PM

          Adrià has denied the info published on the NYT website:

          http://www.elpais.com/articulo/cultura/Bulli/convertira/fundacion/elpepucul/20100213elpepucul_1/Tes

          http://www.abc.es/20100213/vivir-viaj...

          1. re: SnackHappy
            MikeG Feb 13, 2010 03:14 PM

            Interesting. Tempest in a Pacojet? This article in El País goes into more detail, and it seems to me he's not quite denying it "all" with the vehemence that ABC.es suggests, with Adrià calling it a "misunderstanding." I might be reading more into it than is warranted, but it seems to me he's pretty vague/hedgy about what exactly will be reopening in two years...

            http://www.elpais.com/articulo/cultur...

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              butterfly Feb 14, 2010 08:12 AM

              This interview explains it better. The restaurant was never profitable (it couldn't be--I realized this instantly when I ate there--there is no place that puts so much human capital into a plate of food). It sounds as if he wants to refocus efforts on innovation in a direction that doesn't require him to seek out and maintain the accolades associated with being the "best" restaurant in the world: http://www.elpais.com/articulo/portad...

              It's clear from this and other interviews that whatever reopens won't be the same as before. He has expressed time and again that he is very interested in feeding more than a tiny group of wealthy food obsessives.

              1. re: butterfly
                arobmadrid Feb 14, 2010 11:05 PM

                I suppose you're including yourself in that group? Just joking
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkxfsI...

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                  butterfly Feb 15, 2010 02:54 PM

                  ¡Para nada! We ate a lot of lentejas to make up for it.

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