After a stunning 32 years in business, Barcelona's El Racó de Can Fabes, run by chef Santi Santamaria until his death in 2011, will close its doors at the end of next month. The Guardian reports that despite the restaurant's two Michelin star-rating, business is "no longer viable" for current owner Regina Santamaria, the late founder's daughter. Santamaria's Singapore restaurant, Santi, shuttered in March 2012.
El Racó de Can Fabes opened in Sant Celoni in 1981, and by 1994, had earned a three-Michelin-star rating, a distinction it held until Santamaria's death. In 2012, Regina Santamaria revamped the restaurant and its menu with the hiring of chef Xavier Pellicer, who departed in January of this year. (Spanish newspaper El Pais notes that "without Santamaría himself there, Can Fabes had lost its soul.") The restaurant's final day of service is scheduled for August 31.
· Spanish Restaurant El Racó de Can Fabes to Close After 32 Years [Guardian]
· Can Fabes: The Latest Culinary Casualty [El Pais]
· All Coverage of Santi Santamaria on Eater [-E-]