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When the worldwide pandemic forced restaurants to close back in March, van Gameren closed all nine of his, not knowing when they would reopen. Over the past few months, a couple of his establishments pivoted to takeout, including Rosalinda and El Rey. In place of others, van Gameren has launched new concepts and pop-ups, hoping to provide patrons with takeout-friendly food. One of van Gameren's restaurants has shuttered for good. Bar Isabel, however, has remained closed.
A restaurant known for its exceptional, tapas-style cuisine, customers flock to Bar Isabel for its grilled octopus, offal, cured Spanish meats, creative cocktails and rare wines. Since opening on College Street in 2013, it's become a hallmark of van Gameren's devotion to quality.
That quality will be displayed again at the restaurant's patio and market shop, selling baked goods, pantry items and unique bottles. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 2-9:30 p.m.; the restaurant has introduced new protocols to keep staff and customers safe. These include limiting party size, requesting contact information for contact tracing purposes and requesting that patrons wear a mask and use hand sanitizer.
Safety protocols aside, dining at Bar Isabel still means mouthwatering sharing plates of cured meats and cheeses, bowls of Marcona almonds and that renowned grilled octopus. Perfect patio fare doesn't get much better than pintxos and sangria.