A FAMILY who ran a popular French restaurant say they are devastated they have had to close.
Kitsch’n D’or in Southsea, shut after the landlords increased the rent by £11,000 per year, plus VAT.
It was incredibly difficult to make the decisionPaul Standley
And there was a row over who was responsible for repairs to the building, which it is estimated would cost around £100,000.
The Eldon Street restaurant had been running for 15 years and was popular, serving French food in the heart of Southsea.
Paul Standley, who ran the restaurant with his wife Jenny, said: ‘We reached an impasse with the landlords.
‘We asked them to help us out with regards to the rent increase and they said no.
‘We looked at it and realised that we would be seriously in debt if we carried on.
‘We had to close the restaurant for the sake of our own future.’
But Mr Standley said it was a tough decision to make.
‘It was heartbreaking,’ he said.
‘We had people who have got it written into their will to have their wake here.
‘We also had to relocate a wedding we had booked in for September.
‘But we have been put under pressure from the landlord Enterprise for a long time.
‘It was incredibly difficult to make the decision.
‘It’s not a decision we took lightly. We had all our money invested in this premises.
‘Our family has been brought up there. The last thing we wanted to do was close the place.’
Mr Standley said the family have been overwhelmed by the support.
‘We have been inundated with messages of support,’ he said.
‘We are going to miss everybody and all the good times we have had.
‘It’s one of the only family-run European restaurants in the area.
‘We had to let people down, but we had to consider our family first. We are devastated.’
A spokeswoman from Enterprise Inns said: ‘Unfortunately the Kitsch’n D’or is currently closed following the publicans’ decision to cease trading.
‘We are currently in discussion with them regarding plans for the site with the aim of getting it back open and trading as soon as possible.’