Sources say Salsa Cafe demise down to lack of appetite and central station works

Difficult trading conditions for eateries coupled with central station works' impact on footfall blamed for cafe closure

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

Sources involved in the closure of a popular Newcastle city centre bar and restaurant that has closed its doors, say difficult trading conditions for eateries and the supposed impact of central station construction work on footfall was to blame for its demise.

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

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

Responding to the claim, a spokesman for Newcastle City Council and Network Rail said: “The transformation of central station and the surrounding area continues to take shape.

“Work on the inside of the station and the portico is almost finished and outside the station, the road works associated with the central gateway project are on schedule for completion in the Autumn.

“The closure of the Salsa Café is unfortunate, however as the work on the central gateway project has been concentrated around Neville Street, we see no specific link between the two.

“The central gateway project is creating a magnificent entrance to the city which, when complete, will bring significant economic benefits to the city.”

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.

Siavash Shahsavari, whose 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.”

He added: “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 letter filed with the London Gazette from Maureen Trattles said: “Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Section 98 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (as amended) that a meeting of the creditors of the above-named Company will be held at Baker Tilly Sunderland, Tenon House, Ferryboat Lane, Sunderland, SR5 3JN, on 08 August 2014, at 10.30am for the purposes of dealing with Section 99 to 101 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (as amended). A shareholders’ meeting has been convened for 8 August 2014 to pass a resolution for the winding up of the Company.

“Secured creditors (unless they surrender their security) must give particulars of their security and its value if they wish to vote at the meeting.

“The resolutions to be taken at the meeting may include a resolution specifying the terms on which the Joint Liquidators are to be remunerated, including the basis on which disbursements are to be recovered from the Company’s assets and the meeting may receive information about, and be called upon to approve, the costs of preparing the statement of affairs and convening the meeting.”

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 40pm on the two business days prior to the day of meeting.

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