Down on calle Mérida, towards the Perla Marina Hotel, the former La Biznaga is now El Chamiza.
The former Victoria bar on calle Chaparil is now a Spanish cafe/bar called Torre de las Guardas. A beer and a tapa will set you back €1.50.
Another new bar, this time at the bottom end of calle Pintada in the premises formerly occupied by Cosmic Art, cerveceria freiduria La Mar Sala.
De Heksenketel on avenida Mediterraneo (sandwiched between La Fabrica and Las Niñas) only lasted a relatively short time, Carpe Diem now the name on the front.
The Andrea Inn, a nice, friendly tapas bar on calle Jaén has changed hands and without closing in the process. Marianne and Freddy have moved on to a new project, but more about that later.
The new cafe/bar Bella Atalaya on avenida de Pescia, next to El Duque and near the bus stop, is open and seems to be doing a good trade, particularly in the morning. It has a nice, large terrace area.
The cafe/bar/restaurant Puerto Madero on the corner of calle Merida and avenida Mediterraneo is closed until March.
In calle El Barrio, it was Molly Malone’s for a few months but it is now a Churrusqueria (BBQ).
It is only a few weeks since the tapas bar La Gamba on the edge of Plaza Tutti Frutti closed, but it has already reopened as Clipper II.
A bar in calle Jerez, Ronda, was the scene of an attempted robbery, one of a number of such incidents recently but still considered to be isolated cases. On this occasion, the burglars attempted to rob the cash register but found it to be empty and left empty handed.