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Man United star Juan Mata and family close down tapas restaurant

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 16/09/2020 Adam Shergold for MailOnline
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Juan Mata's family has been forced to close their tapas restaurant in Manchester after racking up hundreds of thousands of pounds in debt.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the hospitality sector means Tapeo and Wine will be closing its doors just four years after Manchester United's Spanish midfielder opened it.

Despite positive reviews online, accounts filed to Companies House earlier this year showed it had total debts of £772,086 for 2018, up from £593,548 in 2017.

Juan Mata standing on a baseball field: A Manchester tapas restaurant invested in by United star Juan Mata has closed © Provided by Daily Mail A Manchester tapas restaurant invested in by United star Juan Mata has closed Juan Mata sitting at a table: Mata pictured at Tapeo and Wine on Deansgate in Manchester, which was run by his father © Provided by Daily Mail Mata pictured at Tapeo and Wine on Deansgate in Manchester, which was run by his father

And the enforced closure of the Deansgate restaurant during the coronavirus crisis appears to have finished the business off.

A statement posted online on Tuesday read: 'Adios y gracias!

'Unfortunately, and after five years of trying our best to bring Spain to you, through our food, drinks and service, our restaurant Tapeo and Wine will not be opening its doors anymore.

'We had to take this decision as a result of a number of factors and we thank every single one of you who over the years came and enjoyed with us!

a screenshot of a cell phone: A statement on the restaurant's Instagram account confirmed it will not be opening again

A statement on the restaurant's Instagram account confirmed it will not be opening again
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'It's been a great ride and we will always be grateful for your love and support!'

The restaurant had operated a takeaway delivery and collection service during lockdown but had not re-opened to diners.

Mata, 32, invested in the restaurant, which was established in 2016 by husband and wife team Natalia Esquerdo and Nacho Perez with backing from Mata's dad Juan Manuel Mata Rodriguez.

The couple left Tapeo and Wine later that year and left the running to Mata Snr and his business partner Jose Manuel Martinez Garcia.

United's Spanish contingent Ander Herrera and David de Gea joined Mata at a star-studded launch party in 2016 and they even hosted Manchester City's Christmas party that year.

a group of people sitting at a table in a restaurant: The tapas restaurant had re-opened for takeaways only post-lockdown but has now closed © Provided by Daily Mail The tapas restaurant had re-opened for takeaways only post-lockdown but has now closed Read more

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