Curtain comes down on theatre restaurant
Management team’s sadness at shock closure
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.”