Updated 16.30, 28.05.2019: With comment from Victor Garvey, who says he left the restaurant at the end of April.
It appears that two-month-old City paella restaurant Barullo has closed.
The restaurant, owned and operated by chef-restaurateur Victor Garvey, opened on 28 March. After exactly two months, the restaurant’s website is down, Google lists the venue as “permanently closed,” Open Table is not accepting reservations, the phone line rings out, and the brand’s social media handles have been inactive since the end of April.
The restaurant, whose strapline was “Discover the new flavour of Spain in the City,” was Garvey’s most recent opening, coming after the closure of Sibarita, the chef’s second restaurant on Maiden Lane in Covent Garden, last November. He announced the closure of his first restaurant, the modern Spanish Encant, in January 2018. That came after the opening of his most successful restaurant, the much-hyped Rambla on Dean Street in Soho, which remains open.
The status of Garvey’s long-awaited paella restaurant, Bar Jaleo, remains unknown. It will not, as previously rumoured, open on the corner of Wardour and Old Compton Streets in Soho.
A spokesperson for Garvey’s restaurant group was not able to comment on the closure.
Update: Garvey told Eater that he left the restaurant at the April for personal reasons. “I have not had much to do with them since and am sorry to see it’s closed,” he said.
A spokesperson for Etc Hospitality, which is listed on Companies House as the entity now responsible for the restaurant, said that investors were considering the appointment of a new chef, and confirmed that the restaurant closed on the weekend of 18/19 May.