Spalding restaurant to change hands as Karl and Debbie bow out

Bowing out with a splash: Karl (pictured) and wife Debbie are heading for the Continent.
Bowing out with a splash: Karl (pictured) and wife Debbie are heading for the Continent.
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Sergi’s Good Food Store and restaurant will close on Christmas Eve as Karl Sergison and wife Debbie open a new chapter in their lives.

But they are leaving a special someone behind at their Spalding business premises – son Charlie – who will be the chef when children’s nursery bosses open The Busy Bean Play Cafe in January.

We are going to go out with a splash

Karl Sergison

Karl, also known as Sergi, and Debbie aren’t leaving Francis Street quietly and have lined up some special events in the run-up to Christmas.

Chef Karl (53) has spent nearly 40 years in the kitchen and wants to head off to the Continent with Debbie to take life at a more relaxed pace.

But he promised: “We are going to go out with a splash – we are not going to go out with a whimper.”

The couple are now taking bookings for Christmas tapas evenings along with Sunday lunch bookings for Spalding’s big Christmas Market Day on November 27.

The heat of the kitchen will be replaced next year by the heat of the Mediterranean sun.

Karl said: “We are going to go travelling. We want to tour in the south of France and most of Spain.”

The couple are sad that their departure will see the end of a traditional deli in Spalding.

Although the business started as a deli it soon expanded, first with the restaurant and then a cookery school, so a slower pace of life will be a perfect tonic.

Debbie (45) says: “It’s mixed emotions to be honest because we have been here 11 years and it’s just been amazing, really.”

As well as Charlie (27), the couple have a son Harry (28) and daughter, Saffy (19).

Bosses at The Willows Day Nursery in Fleet Hargate – Vicky Pitts and twins Chloe and Katie Ingham – will be joined by mum Nicola Reeve in a family focused and child-orientated cafe when the Busy Bean opens in mid-January. There will be play areas for children, parents will enjoy meals in peace – and there will be some great nutritious fare for the little ones too.

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