Burton Road Chippy in Lincoln is closing its 60-seater restaurant permanently and moving its takeaway to new premises a few doors along on Burton Road.
The restaurant at 169 Burton Road has not reopened since coronavirus forced it to close on 23rd March, although the takeaway has been operational for click and collect and deliveries since 3rd June.
Owners Lesley Graves and Des Anastasiou have cited rising rent costs and covid-19 as the reasons for the decision.
Work is already underway at 119 Burton Road where the new takeaway will launch in the autumn. Until then the current takeaway will remain open.
Des Anastasiou comments: “If you look around at what is happening with the restaurant trade now, our capacity will have been reduced by half. We are still paying full rent on the building but without a restaurant full of customers it just won’t work.
“It’s a big move, we’ve been here for about 10 years and I remember first setting up and how excited we were. It is sad but I’m 100% sure this is for the best.”
Burton Road will move with its current branding and menu, with Des adding: “We’re going to still keep the same menu and the same Burton Road Chippy feel because that’s what we are known as. Basically, we’re just moving along the road.
“Right now it’s hard, there’s a lot of work to do be done, but we’re very excited and can’t wait to get there and get open.”
In a post on the restaurant's Facebook page, the owners thanked their fantastic customers who have visited the restaurant over the last 10 years.
Burton Road Chippy won Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year at the 2015 National Fish & Chip Awards.