Norwich restaurant La Tasca closed permanently

La Tasca in Tombland, which has closed its doors. Pic: James Bass.

La Tasca in Tombland, which has closed its doors. Pic: James Bass. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2006

Bosses have confirmed that Norwich's La Tasca has closed its doors permanently and the company has no current plans to re-open elsewhere in the city.

La Tasca, in Tombland, shut its doors at the end of last month and its owners said it would not be re-opening as a tapas restaurant.

The La Tasca chain was acquired by the Casual Dining Group, which also operates Bella Italia, Café Rouge and Las Iguanas, for £25m last year.

A spokesman said: 'Over the last few months the Casual Dining Group have carried out a review of the existing La Tasca estate to decide on future investment opportunities and whether the existing proposition is suitable for each location.

'Further to this review, it has been decided that whilst many of our existing locations will receive significant investment, post refurbishment a number will be closed or positioned as a non-Spanish brand, of which Norwich is one.'

The spokesman did not confirm whether the Norwich venue could re-open as one of the other restaurants owned by the Casual Dining Group, or whether it would be sold.

But they did confirm: 'Unfortunately we do not know if a La Tasca restaurant will open anytime soon in Norwich.'

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In an email sent to La Tasca regular customers on its mailing list, the restaurant said it was closing and thanked them for their custom.

The closure leaves a question mark hanging over the future of a building which has played a significant part in the city's history.

Officially called St Ethelberts, the building dates back to 1888 and is a grade II listed building.

But to generations of city clubbers it was better known as the home of Boswell's bar and Hy's nightclub, complete with its flashing dance floor, which opened in 1983.

Boswell's and Hy's closed in February 2002 and La Tasca opened in the building later that year, creating more than 40 jobs.

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