Albert Adrià closes nearly all his Barcelona restaurants

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Chef Albert Adrià closes nearly all his Barcelona restaurants

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Barcelona-based chef Albert Adrià has closed nearly all of his restaurants in Barcelona citing the city’s pandemic-related restrictions.

Hoja Santa, Pakta, Bodega 1900 and the hugely influential Tickets will cease trading leaving only his most ambitious restaurant, Enigma, open. 

Adrià is one of the world’s most influential chefs, playing a key role at El Bulli before stepping out of his brother Ferran’s shadow in 2011 to open Tickets. 

Styled on a cinema and arranged into zones, The Poble Sec venue rewrote the rulebook on top-end dining, managing to be fun and accessible while still serving innovative, world-class food. 

Tickets was a regular on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list​ and held two Michelin stars. Nikkei restaurant Pakta and Joja Santa also held Michelin stars.   

The Michelin-starred Enigma remains because it is not part of elBarri, the group Adrià setup with The Iglesias brothers, who operate a number of Barcelona restaurants including Rías de Galicia. 

BigHospitality understands that the two parties have left things on good terms and further collaboration has not been ruled out. 

It is currently unclear whether Cake & Bubbles - Adrià's dessert restaurant at central London’s Hotel Royal - will reopen.  

Barcelona has been subject to onerous restrictions over the last year, with restaurants at some points closed and at other points only able to open from 7.30am to 5pm at 30% capacity. 

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