One of the most popular restaurants known for its Catalan cuisine, Can Fabes, will be shutting down next month after the owners revealed that they are unable to operate at an optimum level in the current economic condition
In a statement issued Wednesday, the family of Santi Santamaria, who founded Can Fabes in 1981, said the restaurant was the latest victim of Spain's stinging economic crisis.
"In these difficult times for restaurants in our country, Can Fabes does not have the necessary economic viability to pursue a project based on excellence," the statement said.
"We have decided to put an end to one of the brightest chapters in Catalan and European cuisine of the past 25 years," it added.
Can Fabes, located in the town of Sant Celoni in the northeastern region of Catalonia, will serve its last meals on August 31.
The establishment had been rated with three Michelin stars every year since 1994 but it lost one in November 2011, nine months after Santamaria died of a heart attack at the age of 53 while in Singapore.
His daughter Regina Santamaria then took over at Can Fabes and hired a new chef, Xavier Pellicer who made changes to the menu. Pellicer left the restaurant at the beginning of the year.
Spain boasts seven three-star restaurants and 19 eateries with two stars, including Can Fabes.
El Celler de Can Roca, also in Catalonia, took over top spot earlier this year in Restaurant magazine's annual ranking of the world's 50 best restaurants.