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#90740 - 03/26/12 02:52 PM Madrid's Café Gijón May CLOSE within days!
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Madrid's 125-year old Café Gijón, on the Paseo de Recoletos, may close within days according to this Madridiario article.

It seems there's a strong possibility the café famous for more than 100 years of gatherings, discussions, and debates by Madrid's elite authors and philosophers may close if they lose their terraza - which apparently is what drives the income for the café. Losing the terraza would be a death-blow to the café itself - although it's not clear why they may lose the terraza.

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#90745 - 03/27/12 04:32 AM Re: Madrid's Café Gijón May CLOSE within days! [Re: MadridMan]
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I will look into further. However, too bad if they close because of the terrace. This is an institution, and for note, not only for intellectuals lower souls like yours truly went there a lot too, just to learn politics, history,and economy from the eldest. IN times where one could not speak freely in Spain ::)
Cheers.

I read the newspaper which I had read too before. It is a part of Madrid and should not close because of a terrace lease out apart from the cafe, when all its history since 1888 was attached to it.
Technicalities, I think the city of Madrid should declare it a national monument and save the whole thing.

We have lost cafes before such as Cafe Comercial, very sad, hope the new times dont change something unique. It is for the young of today to protect it.

I am madd!!!


Edited by MadridMan (05/12/12 08:29 AM)
Edit Reason: To combine 3 consecutive postings.
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#90965 - 05/11/12 06:39 PM Re: Madrid's Café Gijón May CLOSE within days! [Re: pedmar]
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Any final word the Café Gijón? I agree with you Pedmar, I think they should declare it local heritage. Did they Café Comercial go? I thought it was still there.


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#90969 - 05/12/12 08:28 AM Re: Madrid's Café Gijón May CLOSE within days! [Re: Murdy]
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It seems the the Café Gijón is still operating as normal - but I haven't read any follow-up on if there's still a danger of closing.

Maybe pedmar was referring to a different Café Comercial? Not sure. As far as I'm aware, it's still there on the Glorieta de Bilbao - unless it's closed in the las few weeks, but that would've made news, I'm sure.

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#90970 - 05/12/12 04:46 PM Re: Madrid's Café Gijón May CLOSE within days! [Re: MadridMan]
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yes sorry, not cafe comercial, good catch guys,i was thinking of Cafe de las Columnas, and Montaña, Pombo, del Prado, where the best of Madrid use to go, as Gijon, and those are gone.
Hopefully they are able to rescue Gijon, and yes should be patrimonio cultural de la Comunidad de Madrid.
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#91198 - 06/21/12 03:33 PM Re: Madrid's Café Gijón May CLOSE within days! [Re: pedmar]
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nooooooooo
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#91216 - 06/25/12 03:03 PM Re: Madrid's Café Gijón May CLOSE within days! [Re: sallyanne]
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I was able to stop in today and really enjoyed the ambiente as well as the leche merengada we had! It would be so sad if the Madrid government allowed the Café Gijón to close. It would be a sad moment for Madrid and its literary history.

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#91399 - 08/02/12 12:10 PM Re: Madrid's Café Gijón May CLOSE within days! [Re: esperanza]
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It seems final. Café Gijón WILL lose its Paseo de Recoletos terraza afterall. Hope you got a chance to visit it in all its historical splendor.

According to THIS El País article (in English), "Historic Madrid cultural meeting place loses out to higher bidder".

Quote:
This terrace situated in a main boulevard of the Recoletos area in Madrid no longer belongs to the historic Café Gijón. Last week, Madrid City Hall approved a proposal which will see Endre Santa Engracia, a large company, take control of the coveted area after a process of public bidding that included the owners of the café.

The starting price was 65,000 euros. The winners, who had recently won a municipal bid for the cafés at Madrid Río, offered 144,000 euros, doubling that of the café owners at 70,000. The decision was purely money-based, with the city council leaving all other factors out of its consideration. Many, including the Socialist leader in the municipal council, Jaime Lissavetzky, had called for a debate on the cultural implications of such a change.

The concession will last 15 years, and is renewable in equal periods until the maximum tenure of 75 years. Prior to this, Café Gijon controlled the terrace for decades, and the final period of this ownership saw the annual price rise to 46,000 euros - the new price, then, signifies an increase of over 200 percent.

In February, a spokesman for Café Gijón told EL PAÍS that the loss of the terrace would put the future of the business at risk, and at the very least, the fate of its 42 employees.


I feel fortunate to have had lunch there on their terraza with my visiting sister just a few weekends ago. It makes me sad knowing it'll no longer be the same, historic terraza although the indoors bar will be the same. But without the profits of the terraza, the bar itself will be fighting for its own survival.

Read the rest of THIS El País article. frown

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