Fri, 28 Apr 2023 | BUSINESS SALE
Restaurant chain Tapas Revolution has been sold in a pre-pack deal after falling into administration earlier this month. The business and its assets have been acquired by Tapas Bidco, a new firm led by James Picton, who was formerly a managing director at Tapas Revolution's parent company, Spanish Restaurant Group.
The company was founded in 2010 with a location at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush in London and expanded to 11 UK locations. In 2020, the company entered a joint-venture partnership with Spanish Restaurant Company and, that same year, acquired the La Tasca chain. La Tasca’s restaurants were subsequently rebranded as Tapas Revolution sites.
However, the chain was one of many restaurant operators to see its cashflow seriously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with restaurants forced to close for much of 2020 and then subject to social distancing rules that limited their capacity.
More recently, the company has been hit by a drop in consumer confidence amid the ongoing cost of living crisis and has also seen its energy bills rise by around 300 per cent. As a result, RG Insolvency’s Avner Radomsky and Simon Renshaw were appointed as joint administrators to Spanish Restaurant Group on April 5 2023.
In a statement on Companies House, the administrators said: "Initial pandemic exhausted the reserves, leaving the business weak in terms of cashflow and balance sheets and has more recently been impacted by the costs of living crisis, which has seen turnover fall significantly, costs increase due to the inflation levels and the significant rise in energy pricing which has risen over 300%."
The joint administrators subsequently secured a sale of the business and its assets to Tapas Bidco for £235,000. The restaurants are not operated by Spanish Restaurant Group, with the parent company only owning the equity in its subsidiaries, meaning that the sale should not impact restaurant operations.
In Spanish Restaurant Group’s accounts to the year ending October 31 2021, its fixed assets were valued at £300,971 and current assets at £2.4 million. At the time, the group’s net liabilities amounted to £1.75 million.
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