South Essex eating places closed since begin of Covid pandemic

Cities throughout south Essex have misplaced quite a lot of much-loved eating places in recent times.

Bosses at Mangetout, a household run American-inspired restaurant and bar in Southend, made the stunning announcement yesterday that the enterprise is shutting its doorways.

The restaurant is transferring into retirement after 16 years.

A spokesman for the restaurant revealed the information on Fb, saying: “After an unimaginable 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.”

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As the favored eatery is ready to shut its doorways on July 16, we’re looking on the different much-loved south Essex eating places which have pandemic shut down previously 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 prospects 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 prospects and adopted a lot liked house owners Kash and Navjot Bhangal shutting up store on the Wimpy in Billericay Excessive Road in Might final yr after 30 years operating the department.

Reflecting on their retirement on the time, Mr Bhangal stated: “This restaurant has been an enormous a part of my life for such a very long time and I’ve a number of common prospects and associates that I shall miss.

“I believe there shall be fairly a number of tears on our final day.”

Pasta Pi

In October 2020, bosses at an Italian pasta restaurant in Southend revealed that they had been compelled 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 stress attributable to Covid.

In a message to prospects, the house owners stated: “We wish to thanks all to your assist through the years, 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 sit up for see you there.”

Bella Italia in Southend

Southend’s Bella Italia revealed it will be closing in July 2020 as its house owners entered administration.

The restaurant in London Street shut its doorways to prospects 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.

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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 influence of the pandemic meant they needed to make some extremely robust choices to safeguard Pizza Specific for the long run.

Zoe Bowley, Pizza Specific’s managing director for the UK and Eire, stated: “Sadly, the influence of the worldwide pandemic has meant that we needed to make some extremely robust choices 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 an announcement, the agency stated: “The Covid-19 disaster has hit the restaurant sector arduous and we have needed to make some extremely troublesome choices.

“It’s with deep disappointment that we verify Ask Italian Rayleigh is now closed.

“We would wish to thank our friends 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 all the time busy and well-liked amongst residents.

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