It's closing time for one of Barcelona's oldest and most beloved restaurants. After an impressive 97 years of service, classic Catalan eatery Agut will shutter due to the financial strain of the ongoing pandemic. But there's still a sliver of hope that the legendary locale could carry on through new ownership. Manager Jordi Castellví explained to Time Out Barcelona that he's looking for an investor who'd be willing to take the reins at the restaurant, hopefully someone with ties to "one of those young chefs who are dedicated to renovating and maintaining Catalan cuisine."
It's impossible to take stock of the past year without acknowledging the cultural and culinary institutions we've lost along the way. In the pandemic's wake, cities around the world are bleeding small businesses at an alarming rate – even now, as the light at the end of the tunnel seems within reach. Of course, these iconic institutions didn't go down without a fight. As we pay tribute to some of the most notable closures around the world, we remember the good times, from the early-morning pancakes at the 101 Coffee Shop in Los Angeles to the late, late nights at Café de Paris in London. These unfathomable losses remind us that no gesture of support is too small right now. There's never been a better time to shop local, order takeout and show up for your favorite local businesses.
To mark what we’re calling the Pandemiversary, Time Out is looking back at the past year in cities around the world, and ahead to what the future may hold.