September 11, 2014 1 Comment
Albert Adria is coming close to having more restaurants than I have fingers on my hands. Just a couple of weeks ago a new one opened. A fancy taqueria called Niño Viejo (a collaboration with Paco Méndez). It will soon be joined by an even fancier Mexican restaurant.
Not unusually, Niño Viejo is located within the small perimeter of all the other Adria restaurants in the unloved area of Sant Antoni. In true Nancy Drew style, I plotted the addresses of all the restaurants on Google maps. A geriatric with a zimmer frame would have no trouble at all scooting in between these restaurants.Which makes me wonder? How much is the current expansion about restaurants and how much is it about property development? You think I am over thinking things? With the opening of Union Square cafe in 1985 – Danny Meyer helped regenerate an entire area. The Adria brothers in partnership with the Iglesias brothers, restaurateurs themselves, are putting all their chips within one square mile. Their restaurants are all booked (less so the Iglesias ones, the ones without the pictures on the BCN 5.0 website) but think what unimaginable riches they could attain with a nice property portfolio tacked on to those restaurants? Read more of this post