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Restaurant closures leave a sour taste

PUBLISHED: 14:33 08 January 2019

The Loft in Sudbury

The Loft in Sudbury

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Three restaurants in the Sudbury area have announced they are to close.

Sudbury Market Hill. Picture: GREGG BROWNSudbury Market Hill. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Three restaurants in the Sudbury area have announced they are to close.

The Bulmer Fox, in Bulmer Tye, Wimpy in Sudbury town centre and The Loft in gaol Lane are all to close their doors.

Bulmer Fox landlord Henry Ford blamed the decision on “constant demands that running the Fox places on myself and my family.”

Fast food eatery, Wimpy, has shut down at Old Market Place although a new outlet will take its place.

The Bulmer Fox in Bulmers TyeThe Bulmer Fox in Bulmers Tye

Nuilding owner, Harun Korhan, said: “The Wimpy company was not satisfying us or our customers anymore.”

Instead, he is opening a new restaurant, Chill-in, a cafe and bistro, soon, stating that the new restaurant would feature “new style and taste from all around the world”.

Also closing is the Loft on Gaol Lane, a family-run restaurant operated by Krzysztof Golos that had been going for more than three years.

According to the Centre for Retail Research, more than 10,000 restaurant jobs were lost in 2018, amounting to 30 people a day.

A further 10,950 jobs are predicted to be lost across the casual dining sector in 2019, with independent restaurants being hit the hardest.

Restaurants have been battling stagnating sales, over-capacity and rising costs which saw a host of familiar high-street names such as Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Carluccio’s, Prezzo, Chimichanga, Byron and Jamie’s Italian close stores, seek rescue deals or enter administration.

Paul Milsom, managing director of Milsom Hotels, which operates Maison Talbooth, Le Talbooth and Milsoms in Dedham, the Pier in Harwich and Kesgrave Hall in Ipswich, claims the recession that has hit the restaurant sector is partly down to “over-expansion and over-expectation of what they can deliver”.

“One of the things that has really helped the high street is the restaurants that have come in to replace shops shutting down, but of course they are the ones now bearing the brunt from business rates,” he says. “Investors are suddenly finding out that there isn’t the money they thought there was in restaurants.”

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