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Adria plans to close El Bulli for good

February 12, 2010 |  4:57 pm


The New York Times reports that El Bulli, which many consider to be the world's top restaurant, will shut permanently. The restaurant, located outside Roses, Spain, will be replaced by a culinary academy, the restaurant's chef and owner Ferran Adria told the New York Times. Adria had said in January that the restaurant would close for two years and reopen in 2014.

On Friday he said he decided to close the restaurant for good because he and his partner, Juli Soler, had been losing a half million Euros a year on the restaurant and his cooking workshop in Barcelona.

“At that level of contribution,’’ he said of the losses, “I think we would rather see the money go to something larger that expands the concept and spirit of what El Bulli represents.’’

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