Tapas Revolution leaves £4.3m deficit as it's acquired in pre-pack deal

By Finn Scott-Delany

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Tapas Revolution leaves deficit of £4.3m as it's acquired in pre-pack administration deal

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Tapas Revolution has left a deficit of £4.3m to unsecured creditors after being bought out of administration in a pre-pack deal.

The Spanish-inspired casual dining group, which trades from nine locations, called in administrators on 5 April 2023 with Simon Renshaw and Avner Radomsky of RG Insolvency appointed joint administrators.

The company and its subsidiaries were subsequently sold to Tapas Bidco Limited, which is led by the group's MD James Picton, for a consideration of £235,000.

This was the only offer received, and though it was below the willing buyer value, it was above the forced sale value, according to an administrators’ report.

The deal rescues all restaurants under holding company Spanish Restaurant Group and preserves jobs at the company and its subsidiaries.

It is understood that Spanish celebrity chef Omar Allibhoy, who co-founded Tapas Revolution alongside Ken Sanker and Douglas Smilie in 2010, is no longer involved in the new business.

Picton, formerly of La Tasca, joined the group in 2019, while Giles Whitman joined on behalf of investor Mobeus Equity Partners in 2020.

Pre-Covid, the group was 'trading well', and had grown to become one of the largest Spanish restaurant operator in the UK with good footfall and high margins.

During the pandemic, the group secured additional funding from Mobeus, a NatWest-secured Bounceback loan, CBIL and Recovery Loans.

However the Coronavirus crisis exhausted cash reserves, leaving the business weak in terms of cashflow and balance sheet.

More recently it was hit by the cost-of-living crisis, which saw turnover 'fall significantly', while energy costs rose more than 300%.

This led to a downturn in performance and the appointment of advisors, and the exploration of new business strategies and alternative revenue streams.

Margins were reviewed and costs improved, with a reduction in head office and director salaries.

However, from November 2020 the situation deteriorated further, and by March 2023, with the company struggling to meet its liabilities, it had no alternative but to appoint administrators.

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