Jerez is to benefit from a fabulous new restaurant which will be run by the famous chef, Ángel Zapata, who learned his craft from the late and legendary Santi Santamaría. Latterly, Ángel had been working at the super-luxury Ossiano restaurant in Dubai.
|Angel looking round the house (foto:diario jerez)|
The new projest (by the Fundación Universo Accesible and sponsored by Seguros DKV)is to rehabilitate the beautiful old finca El Altillo which was built on an elevated site of 150,000 square metres at the Calle Ursulinas and Avenida Andalucía by Manuel María González Ángel, founder of González Byass in about 1860. He planted hundreds of trees and created beautiful gardens, and the house, known as El Recreo was a family home where many sisters lived (las niñas del Altillo) until Blanca, the last of them died a couple of years ago, and the finca became the property of the Jerez Town Council.
|Part of the house now hemmed in by modern housing (foto:gentedejerez)|
Ángel is examining the property in order to decide what work should be done, always with respect for the ambience of the building. Some ideas so far are a museum to house the Gonzalez family goods and chattles, an area for the enjoyment of cigars and brandy and an area for tapeo (eating tapas). The general idea is to create a top level centre of gastronomy with the accent on local produce and the cooking of Santi Santamaría. The project could be ready in as little as 5 months.