Century-old tapas bar to shut down in Almeira

Published:  3 Apr at 9 AM
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After more than 100 years of service, the ‘most famous tapas bar in Almeria’ has been forced to close.

Case Puga, which is run by brothers Jose and Leonardo Lopez, has fallen foul of rental laws that have recently been enforced.

Over 2,00 people have been campaigning to save the bar which is popular amongst the expat community in Almeria however the owners were enable to afford the increased rental prices.

The tapas bar could reopen with new owners within a month if negotiations prove to be successful.

Leonardo Lopez said that he would like to thank their regular customers, who he considered as friends, for watching their bar grow over the many years.

In January, new rental laws came into place which ended the 30-year rent cap, a policy which protected many independent businesses in Spain.

According to industry experts, 100,000 restaurants, bars and stores across the country are now ‘at risk of closure’ which could result in the loss of thousands of jobs.
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