Disappointed to learn of Aragona shuttering after less than one year, it occurred to me that it is not at all the first acclaimed (or at least interesting) local Spanish resto to meet an early demise. I'm thinking of:
Txori - gone (now replaced by Pintxos, with a diluted/nightlifeish menu)
Taberna del Alabardero - outta here
The Harvest Vine - not gone, but by many trustworthy accounts not the same since the original chef left.
Chico Madrid - vanished in a blink
A Yelp search leaves only 4 other nominally Spanish places once those mentioned above are set aside. Of those 4, Ocho is fun but leans away from truly Spanish; I have found Gaudi servicable but not remarkable. Andaluca appears to be an overly safe crowd-pleaser that is at most "Spanish-inspired."
Are there environmental/cultural factors which particularly disfavor true Spanish here? Is Spanish cuisine becoming out of fashion on a national scale?
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