Shock as Bar­nett’s con­firms clo­sure

Sunderland Echo - - News -

An in­de­pen­dent city cen­tre restau­rant has an­nounced it is clos­ing its doors.

De­spite build­ing up a fol­low­ing af­ter tak­ing over the for­mer Raf­fles cafe, in Fred­er­ick Street, in Fe­bru­ary last year, Bar­nett’s has served its last meal.

The restau­rant was the brain­child of owner and head chef Andy Bar­nett, who re­lo­cated Bar­nett’s from its orig­i­nal base in the Isis pub, in Silksworth Row, plough­ing thou­sands of pounds into the ren­o­va­tion of the pe­riod base­ment site.

But on a state­ment is­sued on the restau­rant’s Face­book page, Andy has an­nounced the clo­sure of the restau­rant.

He said: “Some of you may al­ready know, but this will prob­a­bly come as a shock to others – un­for­tu­nately Bar­nett’s has closed per­ma­nently.

“The restau­rant hasn’t failed as I was very lucky to have a fan­tas­tic rep­u­ta­tion.”

He added: “I have had won­der­ful reg­u­lars that have sup­ported me for years and met some re­ally lovely peo­ple that I now have the plea­sure of call­ing friends.

“But un­for­tu­nately it just wasn’t worth it any more, it’s a very hard busi­ness and life is too short. I will get to spend some time with fam­ily and friends and, most im­por­tantly, my baby daugh­ter.

“There are cer­tain cus­tomers I will mes­sage per­son­ally, but it may take some time. So folks, thank you very much and here is to hav­ing my life back.”

Speak­ing to the Echo, Andy also ex­plained that it was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to run a busi­ness in a city cen­tre with lit­tle evening trade dur­ing the week.

The restau­rant is the lat­est to shut up shop af­ter El­iz­a­beth’s in Bridge Street an­nounced its clo­sure re­cently.

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