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History

The art of fine architecture
In the early- to-mid nineteenth century, a powerful businessman, Josep Xifré, commissioned the"Porxos de’n Xifré" building in Passeig Isabel II in Barcelona. When the pllans were being drafted, Xifré was very clear that the builing should have arcades (“porxos ” in catalan) similar to those of the main squares of Paris and the emblematic Rue de Rivoli. The new building housed Xifre’s home and offices, as well as a large, luxury café. This establishment had seven doors and an eight door for staff and goods.
The beginning of a gastronomic legend.

1836

History

A starting point, a meeting point
Xifré found prestigious restaurateur to manage the café, and in 1836, Josep Cuyàs opened "Cafè de les 7 Portes". At a later date, Joan Biscamps took over the management and later Bertomeu Grau. It wasn’t until 1929 that the chef Morera took over the management of the café, and made it into a restaurant. The name was changed to "Restaurant de les 7 Portes”and it became one of the molt popular in the city; and a meeting place for journalists, intellectuals and politicians.

1940

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Parellada Family
At the beginning of 1940s, Chef Morera decided to sell the business and in 1942 a group of traders from the Llotja, regular customers of the establishment, convinced the owner of the legendary Fonda Europa in Granollers and a member of one of the best known families of restaurant and accomodation business in Catalonia since 1771, to take over the restaurant. This is Paco Parellada, who with his daughter Carme Parellada and his son-in-law Joan Solé, will run one of the most succesful periods.

1945

History

An open door to the new cuisine
The succulent paellas, and a collection of traditional Catalan recipeies such as stewed peas, fish and seafood casserolea and other inventions such as the pijama ( a dish created by Paco Parellada inspired bty Escoffier’s Peach Melba), made the restaurant into a showcase of popular cuisine and best-known in Catalonia.

1980

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An endless gastronomic history
In 1980, Francesc Solé Parellada took over the management of the restaurant; continuing the Parellada family tradition of over 300 years in the catering business. He inherited the practices of excellent customer service, generosity and good cuisine that were strongly advocated by his grandfather, the famous Paco Parellada, one of the best-known names in Catalan cuisine. Francesc Solé Parellada has brought the restaurant into the twenty-first century.
It is not easy to maintain the continuity of an emblematic restaurant that is over a hundred years old, but this has been made possible by ability of its owners to adapt to changes in the different periods until today.
The year 2020 has been a milestone in the history of the restaurant given the circumstances around us. The 7 Portes Restaurant continues to work every day to maintain its gastronomic excellence and vocation for service, adapting to new circumstances, also digital transformation, with the conviction of maintaining the trust and complicity of customers. Great moments are yet to come.

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Our Legacy

Throughout our 185 years of history we consider ourselves lucky to have lived many interesting anecdotes with artists who frequented our restaurant, such as the cafes that Picasso owed us when he was student at the Escola de Belles Arts, or how Miró was inspired by our dishes to compose his work.
All of them have formed an outstanding collection of paintings and drawings that we invite you to discover on the walls of 7 Portes.

The flourishing of art in the nineteenth century

1839-1919

Modest Urgell

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Urgell was not just another symbolist. There is something fascinating and radical in the austerity of his compositions, as Joan Miró discovered and expressed in his deep admiration of the painter. The melancholy of his sunsets speak of the passage of life, but also of the beauty that we can find in the most humble of places, and they transmit tranquillity.

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1838-1874

Marià Fortuny

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Fortuny was a daring orientalist with his loose brushstrokes and intense luminism. He delicately evoked the refined, exotic, vivid, legendary beauty of traditional Maghreb. Here he depicts a character with noble delicacy and poetic dandyism. Fortuny was an international celebrity in his time and his genius inspired Dalí, who once said: “Prim, Gaudí, Fortuny are from Reus; me too”.

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1852-1934

Arcadi Mas i Fondevila

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The intense poetry of a modest corner of the countryside that is both serene and exuberant, was made possible by the vibrancy of Arcadi Mas i Fondevilla’s brushstrokes and the subtlety of light and shadow. A sensual and dynamic painter, he was one of the pillars of the School of Sitges, which would open the way for the Modernisme movement.

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Catalan illustration: Irony and tenderness

The illustrations in L’Esquella de la Torratxa or Campana de Gràcia, magazines that were classic examples of satire in the media in Catalonia, show the importance of illustration and caricature through the art of ingenuity, criticism, social portrayal and the pleasure of entertainment. Illustration has an important place in our restaurant, and is often the source of intelligent, witty conversation. This substantial collection takes us on a journey through past and present characters and customs, with the sentimentalism of Junceda, the humour of Cornet and the costumbrismo of Benejam.

Another aspect of drawing is represented by the worldly elegance of a Florit or an art deco piece by Penagos. Cesc o Montesol continued to work with this sensitivity up to the present time. Mariscal is also present with Cobi, the Olympic mascot that he first put on paper at 7 Portes, when he wet his finger in a glass of wine and drew Cobi on one of the Restaurant’s napkins.

1880-1966

Ricard Opisso

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Opisso is a legendary figure in Catalan drawing. From his participation in meetings at the Quatre Gats cafe to his humorous vignettes, Opisso made sarcastic humour an art drawn with inventiveness and energy. He was admired for his flair for depicting women, such as this uneasy traveller, a local predecessor of pin-ups, whose glamour is tinged with irony.

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1864-1927

Ramon Miró

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Beyond the better-known names, the collection enables us to rediscover the quality of draftsmen such as R. Miró, who did his best work in advertisements. One example is this piece, which is surprising in its modernity and graphic inventiveness. The rain makes the advert appear and becomes a symbol of its inescapable presence.

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The emergence of contemporary art

Under the protective presence of Picasso, contemporary art has always had a place at 7 Portes, through chance encounters and affinities. The succulent watercolours of Francesc Artigau, a pioneer of neo-figurative art, and the realism of Letícia Feduchi are found together with the geometric abstraction of Adolfo Estrada and Andreu Alfaro. Among the creators of various works, we can find architects such as Federico Correa or Montse Ribas. There is a still life by the unmistakable Nazario, who is capable of shifting between underground and high art.

1881-1973

Pablo Picasso

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1923-2012

Antoni Tàpies

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Tàpies represents the continuity of Joan Miró’s spirit of exacting research, with a strong sense of civic responsibility. His posters and lithographs, with their distinguishing features, bring together symbols and values that are of use to the community, as a tribute to the masters of culture.

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1935-2020

Christo Vladimirov

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Christo has become famous for his large-scale projects in which he wraps up monuments such as the Pont-Neuf in Paris, or hangs sumptuous curtains across natural settings. He has presented two projects for Barcelona: wrapping up the Columbus Monument and the fountain in Plaça Espanya by Josep Maria Jujol. Although they have not been carried out, the plans and drawings reveal the poetic strength of his procedure. The paradox is that hiding a familiar landscape can help to reveal it and see it with new, fascinated eyes.

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Memorabilia: Documents about 7 Portes

Did you know that Miró kept the Auca de les 7 Portes, a cartoon about the restaurant, in his library? We like to keep documents that have a sentimental value and take us back in time. Our collection fills us with happy, light-hearted nostalgia that is far from melancholic. It includes advertisements, the likeable Comtes de Calleja stories that were given to children who visited the house in a tradition that we continue today, and the poems of Just Blanquer, the waiter-poet.

Photographs by Francesc Català-Roca show the fascinating activity that took place around the Estació de França.

1929-2020

Milton Glaser

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This American artist is the inventor of one of the most popular icons of postmodern graphic design: the “I Love NY” logo. Glaser has strong ties with Barcelona and is one of the restaurant’s clients, which is why he designed a collection of wine bottle labels, to commemorate the 175th anniversary in 2011. The labels depict an imaginary bestiary that evokes communion with nature and its mysteries.

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1953

Perico Pastor

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Pastor has managed to create an unmistakable, essential, modern, fresh synthesis between the tradition of eastern drawing and western watercolours. His careful agility and poetry of synthesis is drawn from eastern drawing; his fluid freshness and luminous vivacity from western watercolours. The full collection can be found in Les 7 Portes: Amics i personatges (The 7 Portes: Friends and Celebrities), a book in which Marius Carol outlines the profiles of some of the most important people who have visited us.

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Autographs,
personal marks

In addition to their anecdotal and sentimental value, 7 Portes’s collection of dedications provides an entertaining tableau of writing and sketches. Dalí, and Antonio Saura drew arches, whilst Albert Ràfols-Casamada opted for one of his evocative windows. Writers’ and actors’ creativity and lack of inhibition is often surprising, including the flower drawn by Gabriel García- Márquez, , the energetically drawn masks of Charlton Heston, or the bright timidity of Woody Allen.

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Alejandro Amenábar

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Alfredo Kraus

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Antoni Tapies

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Antonio Banderas

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Antonio Saura

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Bo Derek

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Carme Ruscalleda

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Catherine Deneuve

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Charlton Heston

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Charly Rivel

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Fernando Trueba

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Frederic Amat

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Frederic Mompou

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Gabriel García Márquez

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Gorbatxob

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Guinovart

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Harrison Ford Calista Flockhart

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Jack Black

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Jerry Lewis

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Josep Maria Flotats

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Joan Roca

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Josep Carreras

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Josep Carreras

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Josep Lladonosa

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Josep Tarradellas

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Juan Maria Arzak

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Lauren Bacall

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Lou Reed

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Luis Berlanga

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Marcelo Mastroianni

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Margaux Hemingway

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Maria Girona

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Michael Douglas

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Antoni Miró

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Montserrat Caballé

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Pedro Almodovar

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Plácido Domingo

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Rafael Alberti

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Ráfols Casamada

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Robert De Niro

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Sigourney Weaver

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Woody Allen

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