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Popular Donghu Lu spot elEfante to close this Thursday

So long for now, chef Carlos Sotomayor

After five years, popular group-dining spot elEfante will serve its last suppers this Thursday, though it won't be the last we hear from chef Carlos Sotomayor. A press release by el Willy Group, the F&B organisation behind Elefante, announced the expiration of their management contract for the property on Donghu Lu.

Fulu Group, the owner of several Japanese restaurants, will take over the property come March. However this won't be the last we see of 'sexy tapas' as our sources say that chef Carlos Sotomayor plans a second coming onto Shanghai's F&B scene in the future.

See the el Willy Group's press release below for more info:

'For the last 5 years, elEfante Restaurant has proudly served the Shanghai community, providing memorable meals in a family-friendly atmosphere. Now, as our management contract expires, it is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of elEfante Restaurant, effective February 15th.

During the month of March, elEfante premises will be taken over by the Fulu group (owners of Oyama and other successful Japanese venues) and they will open a new restaurant project there, which will no longer have any link with el Willy Fun F&B group.

To continue enjoying our Spanish and fun cuisine from el Willy Group, you can find us after Chinese New Year holidays at our flagship eL WILLY restaurant on the Bund, which has just gone through very sexy renovations! Or you can also head for a tapas festival to TOMATITO Restaurant&Bar in Jing’An area.

We would like to thank you for all your past patronage at elEfante and we are looking forward to welcoming you soon at both el Willy and Tomatito restaurants for more good times!!

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