sunday brunchSimon Rimmer and a former Masterchef contestant have both been forced to close their restaurants and hit high costs.
TV chef Rimmer, 60, called Tuesday a “heartbreaking day” as he announced the closure of his Greens restaurant in West Didsbury, Manchester, after 33 years.
Rimmer, who is a co-presenter on Channel 4 Sunday brunchhe had opened the vegetarian restaurant with friend Simon Connolly in 1990.
On Tuesday, he posted a video on X, formerly Twitter, explaining that the rent increase of about 35%, as well as the exploding costs of raw materials, heat, light, electricity, human employment and food in general had made the business “unsustainable”.
He said: “So with immediate effect, unfortunately we have closed the door. It's a heartbreaking day.
“I would like to thank every member of staff who has worked for us over the years, every customer who has come through the door, our amazing suppliers, our neighbours, our friends and anyone who has ever set foot in the door.
“I can't believe I'm making this message. The great love.”
On the same day, Tony Rodd, who was a finalist on MasterChef in 2015, announced the closure of his Copper & Ink restaurant in Blackheath, London.
In a video posted on X, formerly Twitter, on Tuesday, Rodd said: “We are absolutely devastated, devastated – mainly for our team who made the restaurant what it is, for all our amazing guests who have supported us all this years, to the people we have not met in the past but have supported us, and to all our suppliers that we have loved. So we are very sorry for all of you. The worst decision.”
The chef predicted the closure of many more independent restaurants in the near future as the hospitality industry comes under the combined pressures of Covid, Brexit, the cost of living crisis and rising energy bills.
He added that he knew people back home were facing similar pressures. “That's why you can't eat out, and we don't blame any of you for that, because we're in that exact situation,” he said.
“If you can, support your local businesses, be kind – and we'll see you on the other side one day,” he concluded. “Thank you for your kind words.”
Rimmer – who is known for his appearances on the BBC's Great British Menu, Saturday Kitchen, Recipe For Success and Celebrity Mastermind – similarly finished his statement by thanking everyone who has supported his restaurant over the years.
“Thank you for the past 33 years and we hope to see you at Sale,” he said. Rimmer and Connolly launched a second Greens location in Sale in 2022, which will remain open.