Ipswich: Shock as award-winning restaurant faces closure
IPSWICH: Up to 40 jobs will be lost when an award-winning Ipswich restaurant closes next month, it emerged today.
Old Orleans, located in Cardinal Park, is to shut because landlord Legal and General has decided against renewing the firm’s tenancy.
The Evening Star understands that ten full-time staff and up to 30 part-time workers are being made redundant as a result.
One member of staff, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “The news came as a real shock when we were informed. It was horrible.
“Trade has been very good – it slowed down as a result of the recession but we are still busy at weekends and at pay day.
“We are the best performing Old Orleans restaurant in the country.”
A spokesman for the restaurant said bosses were sorry to confirm the closure, which is expected to take place on April 25.
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“We don’t want to close the restaurant, but as is often the case with high street restaurants, we lease the building from a landlord,” he said.
“For reasons best known to themselves, the landlords have decided to take the site back.
“We are extremely disappointed, but there is absolutely nothing we can do about it and we have no option other than to move out.
“This decision by the landlord not only deprives local people of a fantastic restaurant, it also means hard working, good people will have to find new jobs.
“What makes this decision by the landlord even more incredulous is that the restaurant was awarded Best Family Friendly Restaurant in Ipswich at the Best Bar None awards only last week.
“We would like to thank all our customers for dining with us over the last few years – we hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have.”
Nobody from Legal and General was available for comment today.
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