“El National”, which opened in September-2014 and has 2,600 m | SB Grup is the main investor in a unique culinary project cost six million euros
Oysters from southern France to Cadiz fried fish passing through a good calamari sandwich a fricassee or a golden cod in true Portuguese style. The National , a large dining space with over 2,600 sq meters at the end of a private road between Paseo de Gracia and Pau Claris, offer a large display of fresh produce and cuisine of the Iberian peninsula. The idea came Lluís Carandell entrepreneur , promoter of Boca Grande, which for years pondered the idea of opening a similar Barcelona Madrid San Miguel market space. In their search for investment partners last July presented his idea to the owners of SB Grup , real estate and hotel group owned Tortosa were keen to undertake a project linked to the restoration to stay away from the ordinary. SB Grup owns 75 percent of the business ( Carandell 25 percent ), which cost six million euros.
Account Subirats Gerard , CEO and vice president of the group , which is understood from the first moment . ” The creativity of Carandell coupled with our ability to conceptualize these ideas has resulted in a project that we are here to make the locals and is a commitment to classic cuisine of the Iberian Peninsula , a local which everyone proud ” .
The space , a large ship was formerly a parking lot , will function as a dining space organized by families, by the cuisine with an interior that will recreate the Barcelona of the thirties and forties of the last century : the customers, depending on the type motion of wishing to enjoy , may target different areas: on the right , a space for faster cooking , snacks and sweets from working , and then a large space dedicated to Basque pintxos and rice . To the left of the ship, two other different corners, one with meat as protagonists, intended for other fish ( like meats that will be exhibited ), and on each of the two a booth ( the only space which may make reservations). Between the two areas, a cocktail bar. In the center of the old ship will have the prominence it Drink ( although there will be some cured , ham for snacks or appetizers ) have three bars , the first of beers, wines destined to another and a final area for cava , champagne and oysters. The restaurant, which will seat a total of 770 clients, will be open from 12 noon until three in the morning every day of the year. According the time Gerard Subirats amplitude was one of the major objectives , ” because one of the problems that many locals found out later is that when the cinema or theater can not find a place to have dinner , which they do not put bad face because they are about to close the kitchen. ” Work about 85 chefs ( four kitchens) and about 120 people in room . ” We do not want Michelin stars, but simply look for the highest quality and the best interpretation of the dishes that will be adapted to the season.” The interior Lázaro Rosa- sign it Violán , who say they have chosen for its ability to adapt and reinterpret the spaces, and all the furniture is made to measure. To complete a project of so many dimensions gastronomic also acquired part of the annexe , which gives the numbers of Pau Claris 99-101 , be located where a cafe and tearoom with terrace of 80 m 2 and a <MD+> store which sell packaged products throughout the peninsula.
Regardless of the cuisine, the installation aims to make its top in a space city . A place where locals and tourists can enjoy an image with only a few neighbors can enjoy Eixample ; the vision of an apple inside . For some it may be a bit poetic landscape , but it is certainly one of the examples of the urban grid designed by Cerdà . The new space will be open to the public as inner block will be named Maria Callas. This was named the City a few years ago.
The City is working on the plan to transform this space preserve to be covered with large skylights that give light to the building. It will be a new prime – lying area initially projected at about 2,000 square meters , between the Gran Via , Provincial Government , Pau Claris and Paseo de Gracia , in an area where there are no many green spaces . In fact , this new inner block will be the first to open in the area , apart from the gardens of Palau Robert , at the other end of the ride.
Municipal sources indicated that it is they drafted the proposed deck and so far , do not know if the work could be coordinated with the work of transformation of the old parking space restoration or wait the whole roof is upgraded to enable inside apple. In any case, be the promoters of the National to be run inside the block . The project is working in the Eixample district looking around the Catalan tile that covers parking and has skylights – listed, including interest locally to be visible from inside block. Therefore, one possibility is proposed that can be seen through a walkway that runs above this peculiar industrial roofing . “The intention is to recover the top of the building in a public space and be ” . Nor can hopefully have play areas and large trees due to the complexity of the building on the island will be enabled inside .