Pop­u­lar eatery set to close

And nightspot will also shut for good

Llanelli Star - - FRONT PAGE - Ian Lewis @IanLewis80 [email protected]­line.co.uk 07790 591150

ONE of Llanelli’s best know restau­rants, Lan­gosti­nos Brasserie, has shut its doors and will be fol­lowed by the com­plete clo­sure of the ad­ja­cent Vista Lounge and ho­tel at the end of the month.

Owner Paul Jenk­ins, whose fam­ily have had the Cas­tle Build­ings premises on the corner of Sta­tion Road and Mur­ray Street for the past 30 years, said lack of trade was a factor in the de­ci­sion.

Lan­gosti­nos served its last meals on Satur­day and the next door Vista Lounge with the 20-bed three star ho­tel above it will close on July 27.

Mr Jenk­ins, who will now concentrat­e on the fam­ily’s other ven­ture in the town, The Diplo­mat Ho­tel, said: “It was a fam­ily de­ci­sion” to close Vista Lounge, the ho­tel and Lan­gosti­nos - a steak­house a grill.

Adding: “It’s sad to see it happen but it was lack of trade re­ally that’s made this de­ci­sion.

“We were busy on Satur­day nights, great, but it didn’t trans­late for the rest of the week.”

Vista Lounge, for­merly known as Le Caprice, has been a sta­ple of Llanelli nightlife for three decades since it opened in 1989 and Mr Jenk­ins said he is go­ing to make sure the Vista Lounge and ho­tel above it closes with a party.

“That’s the plan”, he said, “we want it to go out with a bang be­cause it was the place to be over the years.

“It’s been a part of peo­ple’s lives, peo­ple met partners there, mar­riages hap­pened from nights out there, it’s a big part of the town’s his­tory so it de­serves a good send-off, peo­ple have fond mem­o­ries of the place.”

Mr Jenk­ins added: “It is a sad thing to think it won’t be part of Llanelli any­more but we are now mov­ing on and go­ing to fo­cus on the Diplo­mat.”

De­spite clo­sure, there may still be hope for the venue as a go­ing con­cern said Mr Jenk­ins: “It’s up for sale, so if there is any­one that wants to take it on, I mean it’s the only three star ho­tel in the town. I would like some­one to come along and maybe keep it go­ing but as a fam­ily we are step­ping down.”

The Lan­gosti­nos and Vista clo­sures come just months after an­other high pro­file Llanelli venue shut.

Sos­ban, which opened in North Dock in 2011, had built up a rep­u­ta­tion for its ex­trav­a­gant menus but closed in Fe­bru­ary.

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