MADRID’S most famous coffeehouse has closed after more than a century of service.
Cafe Comercial, hotspot for Spain’s top intellectuals, has mysteriously shut its doors to the surprise of employees and the public, after 128 years.
Announced over Facebook, the café’s owners offered no reason for the closure. Employees reported that the severance documents listed only that the management didn’t want to continue running the business.
Founded in March of 1877, the coffeehouse has been run by the Contreras family since 1909, now by the third generation.
The café has drawn a constant stream of celebrities and intellectuals to its famous debates called tertulias, from journalist Cortes Cavanillas to actor Antonio Casals.
In 2000, the Café Comercial received the regional government award for being the best coffeehouse in the city.