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Another Victim of ‘Oppressive Rents’: Tapeo Will Close This Month

The Back Bay tapas restaurant has been open for more than two decades

Tapeo Restaurant and Tapas Bar
Tapeo Restaurant and Tapas Bar

Newbury Street mainstay Tapeo Restaurant and Tapas Bar will bid farewell on Sunday, January 14, per an email from owners Fernando Leon and Carlos Reverendo. Located at 266 Newbury St. in Boston’s Back Bay, Tapeo has been open for over two decades, serving charcuterie, paella, tapas, sangria, and more.

The owners’ statement reads:

We are sad to inform you that Tapeo will permanently close for business on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

The ongoing Lease Negotiations with the landlord were not successful. After taking into consideration the unreasonable rent increases and lease terms he is demanding, we decided that it is no longer possible for us to stay. As we have all witnessed in the last five years Tapeo is not the only Newbury Street restaurant forced to closed due to oppressive rents.

We wish to thank all employees, both present and past, as well as our loyal following for their many years of service and patronage. It has been a great 22-year run.

The Spanish restaurant has two sibling spots, which both remain in operation and also feature tapas: Solea on Moody Street in Waltham and Kika Tapas in Cambridge’s Kendall Square.

Tapeo Restaurant & Tapas Bar

266 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 617 267 4799 Visit Website

Kika Tapas

350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 781 894 1805