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Restaurant closes after £100k investment withdrawn

A Middlesbrough restaurant has closed until further notice after its owners cancelled plans to invest £100,000 into a major revamp.

Brasserie Hudson Quay, which boasts views of the Transporter Bridge from its position close to Middlesbrough FC’s Riverside Stadium, opened in 2013 and featured in the Michelin Guide the following year.

Owners, the Howson family – who are also behind Middlesbrough’s planned snow centre – had previously announced plans to give the restaurant a £100,000 facelift.

But, in an about-turn that surprised staff and customers alike, those plans have been shelved due to “trading conditions”.

Tom Howson, who also runs Teesside telecoms firm Main-Tel, said: “Due to trading conditions, we decided as a family we are not going to take up the option of putting further investment into the Brasserie.”

The restaurant came under new ownership last year, with plans announced in October for the renovation combined with new menu option designed to make the restaurant “more inclusive”.

The restaurant’s A La Carte continental, European and British menu was also being given a stronger Italian influence, after the Brasserie slumped to 25th in a list of Middlesbrough’s best restaurants on ratings website Tripadvisor.

 

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