A wine bar in the heart of Birmingham’s business district is closing down less than a year after it launched.
Vinoteca, based on the ground floor of Two Chamberlain Square on the Paradise estate, opened just a week before the start of the 2022 Commonwealth Games last July. The launch marked the company’s first venture outside of the capital.
But the owners have now announced they have struggled to run the business in the face of the post-pandemic working landscape and the economic challenges of the past 12 months.
The venue is 4,500 sq ft, making it one of the city’s largest, and has 40 seats overlooking Chamberlain Square along with seating outside to enjoy a drink in the sun.
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Its extensive wine list has around 200 drinks to choose from and there is also a food menu. The final day of trading will be Saturday May 27.
Vinoteca is based in London where it runs five other venues which are not affected by this announcement.
The company said in a statement: “The move is in answer to difficult trading conditions during and post-pandemic which has had a huge impact on leisure operators across the country.
“The challenges of a much-changed economic landscape over the past 12 months of rising costs, inflation, spiralling energy charges and regular train strikes have proved too great for a site which Vinoteca had hoped to continue to grow over the coming years.”
Director Charlie Young said: “It is with great sadness that we have had to make the very difficult decision to close the doors at Vinoteca Birmingham and are heart-broken to be leaving the incredible Paradise development and a city we have grown to respect and admire.”
The Paradise estate is an office-led project with ground-floor hospitality such as Bombay-inspired restaurant Dishoom and bar Albert’s Schloss.
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