Cur­tain comes down on theatre res­tau­rant

Man­age­ment team’s sad­ness at shock clo­sure

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Food and Drink -

Cafe Clarkes, the res­tau­rant op­er­at­ing out of Peter­bor­ough’s Key Theatre, has closed. The res­tau­rant opened in 2013 of­fer­ing freshly cooked Bri­tish favourites with a mod­ern twist.

It was the sis­ter res­tau­rant of Clarkes, the fine din­ing venue in Queen Street in the city cen­tre which closed at the end of De­cem­ber as it is in the process of re­lo­cat­ing to The Fox in Folksworth.

Cur­rently un­der­go­ing a large scale re­fur­bish­ment, The Fox is ex­pected to open next month.

A spokesman for the city’s leisure and arts provider Vi­vac­ity, which op­er­ates the theatre on The Em­bank­ment, said: “Vi­vac­ity have been in­formed to­day (Mon­day) that Café Clarkes have ceased trad­ing at their res­tau­rant lo­cated within the Key Theatre.

“Any cus­tomers who had pre-booked at the res­tau­rant will be con­tacted.

“Vi­vac­ity’s next step is to con­sider our op­por­tu­ni­ties for this space mov­ing for­ward.”

On Tues­day the res­tau­rant man­age­ment team took to the Cafe Clarkes web­site to an­nounce the clo­sure, cit­ing its “non-vi­a­bil­ity.”

The mes­sage said: “It’s with much sad­ness that we an­nounce the per­ma­nent clo­sure of Cafe Clarkes. We would like to thank all cus­tomers who have sup­ported us over the past three and a half years in our aim to bring mod­ern Bri­tish din­ing to Peter­bor­ough’s Em­bank­ment.

“Due to non-vi­a­bil­ity we have taken the de­ci­sion to close the res­tau­rant, al­low­ing us to fo­cus our ef­forts on es­tab­lish­ing Clarkes at the Fox in Folksworth with staff be­ing re­tained where pos­si­ble.

“If you have a gift voucher for Cafe Clarkes these will be hon­oured at the Fox res­tau­rant or for a re­fund please get in touch once the Fox has opened.” “For any en­quiries please con­tact us on 01733 892681.”

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