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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Shock as another Carlisle restaurant closes

Another Carlisle restaurant has closed suddenly.

Tropeiro photo
Tropeiro on Botchergate, Carlisle

Tropeiro, a Brazilian-style steak house, shut without warning a week ago.

It had been open for only nine months, occupying what used to be Cassa bar in Botchergate.

Carlisle businessman Ged Crooks, who owns the building, received a telephone call in Spain to tell him the premises were empty and Tropeiro had gone.

He said: “It was quite a shock. The last time I was in they were quite busy and when I asked they said they were trading above target.

“They put a lot into it. They invested a lot of money in equipment and the decor.

“It’s a shame but it’s the times we live in. We are all feeling the pinch.”

Mr Crooks may take legal action against Camboriu Restaurants, the Chester-based company that operates the Tropeiro chain, if it does not pay rent on the empty building.

He says the firm took out a 15-year lease in 2013, with no break clause until 2018.

Camboriu also runs Tropeiro restaurants in Chester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Nobody was available for comment when the News & Star contacted its head office on Friday.

Tropeiro is the Portuguese word for drover.

The restaurant was based on the Brazilian rodizio concept.

Diners help themselves to a salad buffet before meat carvers pass from table to table offering at least 12 different cuts of roasted beef, pork, lamb and chicken, cooked barbecue style.

The Carlisle restaurant had been praised by diners on the review website tripadvisor.co.uk.

Out of 55 reviews, 47 rated it ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ and only one judged it to be “terrible”.

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