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It all began with a minigolf installation...
...which later became a beach bar.
The first restaurant.
An ever-increasing choice.
The Neichel era.
The arrival of Juli Soler.
Some menus of the time.
Anecdotes of the time.
The various stages of elBulli and those running it.
1961. It all began with a minigolf installation... Doctor Hans Schilling, a German homeopathic doctor, and his wife Marketta, Czechoslovakian in origin but German by adoption, came to Roses at the end of the 1950s, and having fallen in love with Cala Montjoi, they decided to buy a piece of land there. The setting for the building that the doctor and Marketta occupied is a hundred metres uphill from where the restaurant was to be located. Mrs Schilling was already serving meals before the establishment existed, organising barbecues in the open air, which at times was frowned on. At that point, our link with the story begins with a planning permission licence for a minigolf installation, dated June 1961. The name chosen for their business (which came into use at some unspecified time) was El Bulli, since the Schillings had some French bulldogs, a breed colloquially known as "bulli".

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Municipal permit for the installation of a putting green.

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