A pub operator is “seriously” considering buying a King’s Lynn gastro pub which closed suddenly.
AA Brothers Restaurant Group confirmed it was looking into buying Bishops of Chapel Street after it came to light on Monday the pub had ceased trading – less than a year after it opened following a major £150,000 refurbishment.
“It’s something we are very seriously looking at – I hope we can do a deal quickly,” said Adam Noble, co-managing director at AA Brothers Restaurant Group.
The pub, a Grade II-listed building, is owned jointly between Hawthorne Leisure and Geoff Jones and opened as a gastro pub last May.
However, Mr Noble, who owns the Jolly Brewers in Shouldham Thorpe, said if the deal went ahead, he would return the pub back to its original name, the Lattice House.
“I think the name suits the building,” he said.
“It would also need a change of direction. The business model was never right for what it was. It was far too expensive,” he said.
He added his firm would market the pub to fall in between a chain pub and a high end restaurant.
Mr Noble explained: “It would need to be unpretentious, serving fresh food at a reasonable price.”
He said he would retain the eight members of staff who have lost their jobs following the Bishops of Chapel Street’s closure.
A spokesman for Hawthorn Leisure said in a statement: “We always work closely with our partners to help them run successful, sustainable businesses and our experienced support team has done all it can to help Mr Jones’ venture succeed.
“It is very disappointing, therefore, that the Bishops of Chapel Street has failed to gain enough support from the local community to make it a viable, ongoing operation, and we’re now exploring ways to secure the future of the pub.”