La Picara Has Been Ordered Closed; Here’s What We’ve Heard

You may have gotten wind of the BGC restaurant's closure over the weekend.

( La Picara has become the go-to spot for people in the Metro looking for great Spanish eats in a gorgeous but relaxed setting. If you've been meaning to eat there—they have a great outdoor deck for diningyou'll have to put your plans on hold: the BGC restaurant was closed on January 22 by the Taguig city government.

While La Picara has not yet issued out a declaration or official position, a La Picara contact tells us, "We failed to keep some customers, who perfectly followed rules during the night, properly distanced for a minute of a cake moment."

Interiors of La Picara
La Picara's interiors are as excellently conceived as their menu.

La Picara Closure

Here's what went down: La Picara "had other bookings that night", and the whole night occurred without issues with the rest of customers or the mall security. "We closed at the normal time, billing out everybody by 11 [p.m.] and letting people slowly leave before the 12 a.m. curfew." The problem was that "the normal and strict setup that [a particular booking] followed during the whole night—one table per person with no face to face dining—was ruined when they brought a cake out and everybody stood up, driven by the happiness."

La Picara Chili Crab Paella
One of the dishes La Picara is best known for is their winning Chili Crab Paella.
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"We are working on solving and complying with all the requirements, which we want to make as soon as possible to prove our full collaboration with Taguig City. We absolutely understand them, and their actions, and we are proud to know they really check everything to make sure we have a safe environment. We are willing to help in any level and circumstance to make sure we prioritize the health and well-being of our customers. We understand and support them," says La Picara's reservation hotline.

La Picara opened in 2019, and gave Spanish classics creative and modern twists—such as adding kimchi to their croquettas and chili crab to their paella.

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