ALMERIA’S ‘most famous tapas bar’ has been forced to close up after more than a century of service.
Run by brothers Leonardo and Jose Lopez, Casa Puga has fallen foul of new rental laws.
More than 2,000 people campaigned to save the bar, but the owners could not face the increased rental costs.
Prospective new owners are currently in negotiations to take over the bar which could see it reopen within a month.
“I would also like to thank all our regular customers who are all friends and have spent many years watching us,” Leonardo said.
New rental laws which came into play in January put an end to a 30-year rent cap which protected independent businesses in Spain.
Industry experts have said 100,000 stores, bars and restaurants are ‘at risk of closure’ across the country resulting in thousands of job losses.