First of all we would like to thank everybody who has shown an interest in visiting us to enjoy the El Bulli experience during these fifty years as a restaurant. Also to all the professionals who have been part of the team and helped make it happen.
On July 30th 2011 El Bulli will have completed its journey as a restaurant. We will transform into a creativity center, opening in 2014. Its main objective is to be a think-tank for creative cuisine and gastronomy and will be manage by a private foundation.
We regret not being able to fulfill any more reservation requests. Demand has immediately exceeded our scarce availability. This has been the case over the last few years and is certainly the most bitter note. It makes us very sad.
The format and structure will be completely different from the current model and, therefore, we regret to announce reservations are now closed.
We believe that this foundation will be a commitment to the cultural future of creative cuisine and we feel that El Bulli can offer the lines of action to attain great objectives in this field.
Due to the demand received and this being the last year for reservations, we must inform you that this message is our last and request no further applications.
I had hoped to eat there one day. It looks like it's too late for me. A good friend of mine, however, is going to be in Barcelona before they close. He's going to try and see if he can (somehow) get reservations before they close the doors. If anyone has the means, now is the time to go.
I will be just as sad if The French Laundry closes before I get a chance to eat there. The building has certainly been there for some time...I can only hope that the Laundry continues to serve food in the years to come.