On Friday, it was reported that Ferran Adrià’s Spanish restaurant El Bulli, long regarded as the holy mecca of food pilgrimage, was closing it’s doors for good in 2012.
The restaurant was losing close to €500,000 a year for the 60-seat operation just north of Barcelona, so there was no reason to question the report. But Adrià calls that article a “misunderstanding”. Instead, the restaurant will no longer be a commercial enterprise, but rather a non-profit foundation “similar to those that run museums and art centres” when it reopens its doors in 2014.
“It means the spirit of El Bulli will be even stronger and will live on for ever,” he told the Guardian. It also means less pressure of having to run a for-profit endeavor.