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One restaurant closes, another opens . . .

Local diners were left shocked and disappointed at the news that one of Beverley’s oldest established independent restaurants has closed. Grants Bistro 22, on the corner of North Bar Within and Hengate, has been trading in the town since 2001 and owner and chef David Grant said he wanted to thank the restaurant’s many loyal customers for their support over the years. He apologised to those he had not managed to contact because of the sudden decision to close – some had arrived for pre-booked meals to find the premises shut.

The Grade 2-listed property is currently advertised for sale for offers in the region of £295,000. Mr Grant said the reasons for closure were due to several factors but admitted the current economic recession had not helped.

Meanwhile another former Beverley restaurant is to reopen on May the First. The former Bird and Beer chicken and ale house in North Bar Within is to reopen as the East Riding Gin Club bar and kitchen. Hull businessman Mike Robinson is behind the idea and promises something new for the town. He said: Gin is the up and coming thing. We are looking to bring a nice twist to the concept to Beverley. We will be serving gin cocktails, as well as good food to complement them.”

There will be 70 seats for diners plus other seating for drinkers. Mr Robinson said: “We are going for a high-end finish. We have invested heavily in it and I think the end product will look good.”