Salsa cafe and tapas bar to be wound up after closure

Popular Newcastle independent bar and restaurant the Salsa Cafe has ceased trading after 18 years in business

Salsa has been closed since July 8
Salsa has been closed since July 8

A popular Newcastle city centre bar and restaurant has closed its doors and is to be wound up.

Salsa Cafe on Westgate Road shut its doors without warning on July 8 and the premises is now empty apart from a few tables and chairs remaining.

The independent restaurant and bar had operated from the location for some 18 years, and neighbouring business have been left puzzled by its closure.

A meeting of creditors has now been called by current director Maureen Trattles, who acquired the business 12 months ago when the name was changed to Salsa Cafe from Salsa Club.

Salsa restaurant on Westgate Road
Salsa restaurant on Westgate Road

Siavash Shahsavari, who runs family run restaurant Reza, next door to Salsa Cafe, told The Journal: “We can only presume that they couldn’t continue in the current climate. It’s a real shame they have closed, particularly as this part of Newcastle seems to be suffering recently.

“We’ve seen the printing shop and Burger King also shut their doors on Westgate Road, and we’re just hoping this latest move doesn't impact on our business.

“The area has been very quiet and the last thing we need is another closure.”

A meeting of creditors is to be held at Baker Tilly Sunderland on August 8 at 10.30am.

A full list of the names and addresses of the Company’s creditors may be examined free of charge at Baker Tilly’s Tenon House offices in Sunderland, between 10am and 4pm on the two business days prior to the day of meeting.


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