13 Apr, 2021 @ 11:15
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SORRY, WE’RE CLOSED: Coronavirus spells the end of historic restaurants in Barcelona

Bars And Restaurants Close Due To Covid 19 Crisis In Barcelona, Spain

FOUR historic restaurants in Barcelona city have been the latest high-profile victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cal Pinxo was a hugely popular seafood eatery in the Barceloneta beach area that had been serving customers for over 60 years, while Senyor Parellada had been open in the Born neighbourhood of the capital city for 38 years.

Bars And Restaurants Close Due To Covid 19 Crisis In Barcelona, Spain

Other historic names to go under include Agut in the famous Gothic quarter, shut after 97 years, and Can Soteras in the Eixample, which has pulled down the blinds for the last time after a whopping 105 years of business.

All hopes were on Easter, after a disastrous year with practically zero international tourism and no visitors from outside Catalunya since last summer.

However, the holidays did not pan out as expected, and ongoing restrictions – including the perimeter closure around the region and the reinstatement of the district closures this week – have sealed the fate of these legendary establishments.

Bar And Restaurant Sector Workers Demonstrate In Barcelona, Spain
A recent protest by the Catalan hospitality sector outside the Palau de la Generalitat government headquarters

But they are far from the only ones. The local hospitality union estimates that around 30% of bars and restaurants in Barcelona city centre have been forced to close down in recent months. 


Glenn Wickman

Glenn is a trained and experienced journalist, having obtained a BA Hons degree in Journalism and Communication Studies with Spanish from Middlesex University (London) in 2001.
Since then he has worked on several English-language newspapers in Alicante Province, including 11 years at the Costa Blanca News.
He is trilingual in English, Spanish and Catalán/Valenciano, a qualified ELT teacher and translator with a passion for the written word.
After several years in Barcelona, Glenn has now returned to the Costa Blanca (Alicante), from where he will cover local stories as well as Valencia and Castellón/Costa Azahar.
Please drop him a line if you have any news that you think should be covered in either of these areas, he will gladly get in touch!

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