La Mollina tapas restaurant to close

La Mollina tapas restaurant to close

La Mollina tapas restaurant to close

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ANOTHER independent Salisbury business is closing its doors, blaming high rents, business rates and car parking charges.

La Mollina tapas restaurant on the Market Place will be closing on September 21 when the current lease runs out.

In a letter to customers, owner Steve Dauwalder said: “We are unable to negotiate a sensible ongoing rent for the premises. On top of this, like other businesses, we are faced with large increases each year on business rates.”

Mr Dauwalder said the high parking charges, upped to £7.40 a day by Wiltshire Council in 2011, have also contributed to his and wife Ali’s decision. “Wiltshire Council has recently recognised that they may have an impact on trade in our city, but its timetable for investigating and reviewing this is too long for us.”

The restaurant has been a feature in Salisbury’s central square for six years and Mr Dauwalder has often spoken out about the problems facing independent businesses in the city in recent years.

Last year he told the Journal the increased parking charges had seen footfall drop considerably over the previous two years. A massive fire at the Market Inn and the following refurbishment, and the decision to carry out the refurbishment of the Market Place throughout the summer, which then overran, have also affected his trade.

He said: “Our decision to close is not without great consideration. We have built up a lot of meaningful friendships and great rapport with customers during this time. We would like to thank all of our customers for their loyalty over the years, it’s greatly appreciated.”

After it closes on September 21, La Mollina will continue as a catering company at outside events, festivals, street markets and private functions.

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2:33pm Wed 27 Aug 14

McFluzie says...

We're sad about La Mollina closing. We don't get into town very often from the Plain because of the added parking charges, making it difficult to relax over a lunch. Since using our bus pass, we've enjoyed a few visits to LaMollina and will certainly have a meal before they close. Good luck for the future!
We're sad about La Mollina closing. We don't get into town very often from the Plain because of the added parking charges, making it difficult to relax over a lunch. Since using our bus pass, we've enjoyed a few visits to LaMollina and will certainly have a meal before they close. Good luck for the future! McFluzie
  • Score: 7

8:04pm Wed 27 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

When shops, retail outlets, restaurants etc... close down in Salisbury I always listen to and respect the reasons given by the owners for the closure. After all, they are the people who know. The local council and Wiltshire council tend to disagree with the reasons given by the owners and prefer to blame the internet, bad publicity, the weather, solar flares, the wicked witch of the west and so on. Reality check...
Quotes:

"ANOTHER independent Salisbury business is closing its doors, blaming high rents, business rates and car parking charges."

“We are unable to negotiate a sensible ongoing rent for the premises. On top of this, like other businesses, we are faced with large increases each year on business rates.”

"Last year he told the Journal the increased parking charges had seen footfall drop considerably over the previous two years. A massive fire at the Market Inn and the following refurbishment, and the decision to carry out the refurbishment of the Market Place throughout the summer, which then overran, have also affected his trade."

Thank you for being so honest and giving the general public an insight into the difficulties independent business owners face in Salisbury.
When shops, retail outlets, restaurants etc... close down in Salisbury I always listen to and respect the reasons given by the owners for the closure. After all, they are the people who know. The local council and Wiltshire council tend to disagree with the reasons given by the owners and prefer to blame the internet, bad publicity, the weather, solar flares, the wicked witch of the west and so on. Reality check... Quotes: "ANOTHER independent Salisbury business is closing its doors, blaming high rents, business rates and car parking charges." “We are unable to negotiate a sensible ongoing rent for the premises. On top of this, like other businesses, we are faced with large increases each year on business rates.” "Last year he told the Journal the increased parking charges had seen footfall drop considerably over the previous two years. A massive fire at the Market Inn and the following refurbishment, and the decision to carry out the refurbishment of the Market Place throughout the summer, which then overran, have also affected his trade." Thank you for being so honest and giving the general public an insight into the difficulties independent business owners face in Salisbury. karlmarx
  • Score: 12

9:45am Thu 28 Aug 14

the headlander says...

A great shame, I liked La Mollina it was nice to have a meal in a restaurant
that was not part of a chain. Good luck to the Dauwalders in their future business.
A great shame, I liked La Mollina it was nice to have a meal in a restaurant that was not part of a chain. Good luck to the Dauwalders in their future business. the headlander
  • Score: 1

4:17pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Patrick Timmons says...

I just cannot believe that another independent Salisbury business is closing its doors because of the high rent rates, business rates and car parking charges. Steve Dauwalder has attempted over the recent years to get the Wiltshire Council to listen to the problems facing the independent business owners but to no avail! Shame on you Wiltshire Council for letting this happen to a wonderful run family business. One day you may get your act together but by then it will be all too late!! Don't always give out the old excuses/reasons for the various high charges! Look again at Mr Dauwalder proposals on the way forward for the good and benefit of the independent business owners, the Council and the public at large! Remember we are all in this together.

The closure of the La Mollina tapas restaurant on the Market Place will leave a huge gap in the choice of good food venues available to the public in our beautiful City Centre.
I just cannot believe that another independent Salisbury business is closing its doors because of the high rent rates, business rates and car parking charges. Steve Dauwalder has attempted over the recent years to get the Wiltshire Council to listen to the problems facing the independent business owners but to no avail! Shame on you Wiltshire Council for letting this happen to a wonderful run family business. One day you may get your act together but by then it will be all too late!! Don't always give out the old excuses/reasons for the various high charges! Look again at Mr Dauwalder proposals on the way forward for the good and benefit of the independent business owners, the Council and the public at large! Remember we are all in this together. The closure of the La Mollina tapas restaurant on the Market Place will leave a huge gap in the choice of good food venues available to the public in our beautiful City Centre. Patrick Timmons
  • Score: 1
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