1987. Winter closing.
Up to the winter of 1986, elBulli used to close for two months, between January 15th and March 15th
every year. But from 1987 onwards, the period of closure was extended to five months, from around mid-October to mid-March. Later these five
months became six (from October 1st to April 1st). Why was it suddenly decided to close five months in the winter, and later six? Although
we find it almost laughable now, the truth is that we had very few customers in that period, and so keeping the restaurant open meant a
considerable drain on the cash flow. And what at first was a necessity later became a basic characteristic in elBulli. In fact, were we not to
close during those months, maintaining the level of creativity that we have set for ourselves would be out of the question.