A colonial-style townhouse will soon house four or five smart restaurants offering food at or close to Michelin Star standards, according to La Provincia.
The two-storey, 19th Century building is right by the Plaza de las Ranas. It is neoclassical in design and has a large open central courtyard with a vaulted glass roof, and lots of internal terraces. Its origins are unknown but it may have been designed by local architect Lujan Perez. It once housed the famous Hotel Europa.
Once renovated, the building is expected to house two restaurants on each floor, with the potential for a third on the ground floor. If the Town Hall gives permission, there will also be outdoor terraces on two sides of the building.
The Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) is expected to sign the paperwork allowing work to start within the next few weeks. Extensive renovations are planned but will respect all the protected features of the buildings.
Work is expected to start in February or March and to last for a full year as parts of the building are in a poor state of repair.