¡Viva España! La Nacional Reopens With New Look


La Nacional has finally bounced back from its Health Department shuttering, and as owner Jesus “Lolo” Manso promised us, the front “cantina” has gotten a bit of a makeover. As you can see from the shot we took on Saturday, the walls have been painted to include Mahou and (our favorite!) Chupa Chups logos. The floor is now a maroon-and-black checkerboard. If you miss the old La Nacional and its fluorescent austerity, look for paintings of it in the back nook, where there’s a communal table where the pool table once was. We can vouch for this much: When we visited, there was the usual cadre of Spanish-speaking retirees, and the Barça game was playing on two of three fancy flat-screens. Bonus points if you spot the photo of Ferran Adrià on the wall.