Vinoteca has closed its wine bar on Beak Street in Soho due to licensing restrictions, and is looking to relocate to a new site, MCA has learnt.

Charlie Young, co-founder and director at Vinoteca, told MCA: “We were no longer able to serve drinks to customers without them having a full meal, and this doesn’t fit with our brand and what customers are used to at other Vinoteca branches.

“It was a tough decision as Vinoteca Soho has been a cracking site for us, but we are now looking for another location with no licensing restrictions.”

Young said that it had sold the lease to a Turkish operator called Yeni Lokanta. Founded by chef Civan Er it currently has a restaurant in Istanbul and MCA understands it is looking to open the site in Soho as early as November.

Vinoteca, which operates five other sites in central London, acquired the Soho site back in 2012, its third site at the time.

Earlier this year Vinoteca told MCA that is was due to open a site in Birmingham’s Paradise, which would be its first regional wine bar.

Young said it was still in legals on the site, but all going well the site is likely to be handed over in September/October 2019, with a view to opening in early in the in 2020.