A popular restaurant in Spalding has closed just a year after opening to meet demand for its food.
The Pantry and The Palour in Red Lion Street closed on April 30, although the reasons behind the move are unclear.
I was surprised that The Pantry and The Parlour closed so quickly as lots of people used to go there for a baked potato, including myself.Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant
It opened just before Easter 2015 when owners Phil Prudham and Sarah Ollerenshaw, of Derbyshire, found that their Lincolnshire Oven jacket potato stall was in “strong demand” with customers over the previous 18 months.
At the time of opening, Phil said: “We’ve been rushed off our feet since we started the market stall so we were looking for somewhere to have a place where we could offer a more relaxed style of dining, with quality food at reasonable prices.
“But we couldn’t find a suitable site until this came up and we’re delighted because it’s been quite a long process of getting everything organised, from day one.
“We’ve had a lot of support from Boston College and South Holland District Council in terms of our licensing application and environmental health officers getting the kitchen signed off.
“The Lincolnshire Oven has gone from strength to strength so we know there’s a strong demand to cater for a lunchtime market in Spalding.”
Phil and Sarah had taken over the former Sage Restaurant which closed in October 2012 due to a lack of support.
As well as providing an all-day cafe and takeaway service, the restaurant also hosted jazz-themed nights, the annual Butcher’s Pride sausage competiton and, in July last year, the Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce president’s lunch with retail expert Clare Rayner.
The Free Press tried to contact Phil and Sarah for a comment, but none had been received by the time of going to press.
Meanwhile. Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant said: “I was surprised that The Pantry and The Parlour closed so quickly as lots of people used to go there for a baked potato, including myself.
“As I understand it, the couple (Phil and Sarah) who were running it didn’t want to do it anymore, so April 30 was their last day and it’s quite sad really.
The restaurant’s closure is the latest chapter in the history of the Red Lion Quarter which first opened in April 2011 at a cost of £6.5 million.
It was closed just six months later and then sold to Boston College for £2.4 million in March 2012.
Principal Amanda Mosek said: “The Pantry and The Parlour wasn’t part of the college but a catering business that rented a space that is part of the college’s building.
“We were only told recently of its closure and, at this stage, we are considering various options.
“But whatever happens, we will have the interests of Spalding’s people at heart.”