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Mar 5, 2014 07:37 AM

Ibiza, New Haven....closed

Does anyone know what really happened here?
They closed very suddenly on Tuesday night.
They said that they lost thier lease but that seems like they would have known that for some time not suddenly.
Last time in there the food was great but I did notice that the wine storage was eliminated.
Also noticed that Ignacio Blanco's name was not on the email announcing the closure.....Any info?

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  1. Full coverage in today's New Haven Independent;

    Note the article says the closing was due to family and landlord problems.

    They didn't lose their lease, they didn't pay their rent. Unfortunately they couldn't meet their expenses

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    1. re: bagelman01

      I know that the Blanco's are in the midst of a divorce, so I would expect that "family problems" played a significant role in the problems for both Ibiza and Ibiza Tapas.

      1. re: lsnhc

        Not in the midst of a divorce...they are divorced.
        The Independent article refers to Sonia and her EX-Husband

    2. Has anyone heard anything about Ibiza in Northampton?????

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      1. re: BerkshireTsarina

        Don't know about Northampton, here is the eviction order for New Haven (non-payment of rent):
        on February 11, Ibiza was given an extension with stipulation to stay through September, 2014, but failed to comply with the court order within two weeks and the court ordered eviction on the 28th

        On 11/20/2013 an eviction proceeding was filed against Ibiza Tapas in Hamden, CT, also for non-payment of rent. It has not yet come to trial.

        Apparently these operators are stiffing multiple landlords.

      2. Putting all drama aside, it's just a shame that creative, successful and lauded restaurant like this can't make enough money to pay all their bills.
        All in all, I think this is just another sign of the times.
        I know many independent restaurant owners that have reduced and eliminated their pay because of the economy over the past 10 years. And I feel that in my 40 years"in the business" its never been so hard to make a living.

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        1. re: chefstu

          I read your comments, BUT in the past months it is getting harder and harder to get a table in mid priced restaurants on a Saturday night.

          On the 22nd we were shut out at 5 mid priced ($18-30 entree) southern CT restaurants between 6 and 7 pm. Not a holiday and certainly before prime time seatings.

          All have their own parking lots and we couldn't even get a space, patrons lined out the door.....

          In this case, I don't think it's a sign of the times, but bad business management as their personal lives fell apart

        2. Ibiza in Northampton lives.
          We were there a few weeks ago and it was still serving and still delicious. Long may it wave!

          1. UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            Today's New Haven Independent

            "Less than three months after foodie favorite Ibiza restaurant closed its doors, a promising sign appeared in the window of its former High Street home.

            The sign indicates that former Ibiza chef Manuel Romero has applied for a liquor permit for the premises. He has applied under a new company, Concepto, LLC, formed in March, two weeks after Ibiza closed. State records list him as the LLC’s principal.

            Reached by phone, Romero declined to discuss his plans for a new restaurant at the location."