BRITAIN’S love affair with Spanish food has seen a tapas chain gobbled up for over €34 million.
La Tasca was bought from Icelandic bank Kaupthing by Casual Dining Group.
The group now owns four of Britain’s best-known chains along with Cafe Rouge, Bella Italia and Las Iguanas.
Their 280 UK restaurants makes them one of the UK’s largest privately-owned restaurant groups.
La Tasca was once owned by flamboyant entrepreneur Robert Tchenquiz.
The tapas restaurant recently binned frozen ingredients to work with Spanish suppliers.
Steve Richards, chief executive of the Casual Dining Group, confirmed they plan to open 30 new branches in the next year.