Ramblas owner Ron Silberstein told us the past couple of years have been rough for the Catalan-inspired tapas joint that launched at the beginning of 2001. "The economy, the ripping up of the street ― it's just been real slow," he said. Silberstein didn't actually put the place on the market ― interested parties including Stoll, a friend, had been eying the joint. "He's always like the space," Silberstein said, though he did entertain other offers. Stoll's turned out to be the most interesting.
Shutting down Ramblas will allow Silberstein to focus on Thirsty Bear Brewing Co., his other business, and the object of his passion. No word on where 23-year-old Ramblas chef Ice Ibrahim will land, though Silberstein did say Stoll has pledged to interview anyone interested and capable. Expect Ramblas to wrap things up at the end of May.