Cities throughout south Essex have misplaced numerous much-loved eating places lately.
Bosses at Mangetout, a household run American-inspired restaurant and bar in Southendmade the surprising announcement yesterday that the enterprise is shutting its doorways.
The restaurant is shifting into retirement after 16 years.
A spokesman for the restaurant revealed the information on Fb, saying: “After an unbelievable 16 years, our household has determined that now could be the time for Mangetout to show off its grills, put down its cocktail shakers and transfer into retirement.”
As the favored eatery is about to shut its doorways on July 16, we’re having a look on the different much-loved south Essex eating places which have pandemic shut down up to now two years – as a result of Covid or different extra private causes:
Wimpy eating places in Basildon and Billericay
The Wimpy restaurant which had served clients for 50 years in Basildon shut down for good in November.
It was unclear what led to the closure, as an indication appeared on the door of the restaurant in South Stroll, revealing the it had “closed completely”.
It marked the tip of an period for loyal clients and adopted a lot cherished homeowners Kash and Navjot Bhangal shutting up store on the Wimpy in Billericay Excessive Road in Might final 12 months after 30 years operating the department.
Reflecting on their retirement on the time, Mr Bhangal stated: “This restaurant has been a giant a part of my life for such a very long time and I’ve plenty of common clients and buddies that I shall miss.
“I believe there can be fairly a number of tears on our final day.”
In October 2020, bosses at an Italian pasta restaurant in Southend revealed that they had been pressured to close their doorways as a result of pressures of the pandemic.
Pasta Pia, in Clifftown Street, was unable to remain afloat due to the financial strain brought on by Covid.
In a message to clients, the homeowners stated: “We wish to thanks all in your assist over time, however as a result of present financial state of affairs, we sadly determined to shut our Southend Department completely.
“Our Westcliff department stays open for enterprise, we look ahead to see you there.”
Bella Italia in Southend
Southend’s Bella Italia revealed it will be closing in July 2020 as its homeowners entered administration.
The restaurant in London Street shut its doorways to clients after Informal Eating Group, which owns the Italian chain, entered administration.
It was additionally introduced a complete of 1,909 jobs could be axed by the Informal Eating Group.
Pizza Specific in Billericay
Pizza Specific introduced in September 2020 that 73 eating places would shut nationwide, together with the Billericay Excessive Road department.
Bosses stated the impression of the pandemic meant they needed to make some extremely robust selections to safeguard Pizza Specific for the long run.
Zoe Bowley, Pizza Specific’s managing director for the UK and Eire, stated: “Sadly, the impression of the worldwide pandemic has meant that we needed to make some extremely robust selections to safeguard Pizza Specific for the long run.”
Ask Italian in Rayleigh
The Excessive Road dine-in was one other common south Essex restaurant misplaced in September 2020.
In a press release, the agency stated: “The Covid-19 disaster has hit the restaurant sector onerous and we have needed to make some extremely tough selections.
“It’s with deep unhappiness that we verify Ask Italian Rayleigh is now closed.
“We would prefer to thank our visitors for his or her common customized and allow them to know Ask Italian Billericay is now their closest restaurant.”
The closure got here as a shock to councillor Chris Stanley who defined the restaurant was at all times busy and well-liked amongst residents.