A Harrogate cafe has been forced to close after last year’s devastating fire at the nearby Prezzo restaurant destroyed trade.
The heartbroken owner of Crêpes and Creams, in Albert Street, said she had been forced to run the shop from a “building site” following the blaze which ripped through the Italian eatery last February.
Despite opening in the depths of winter during a recession almost five years ago, Sam Addy said the last 18 months had “broken” the shop.
She said: “Ever since the fire at Prezzo, we have been trading from what can only be described as a building site.
“There have been builders, scaffolding and vans everywhere, sometimes completely obscuring the shop. Only a couple of weeks ago, my ceiling fell through when I had a shop full of customers because of the plumbing works being done. It has been a list of all sorts since the fire and I literally can’t take anymore.
“It’s a really sad state of affairs. I have lost my business and my livelihood.”
After being unable to find another suitable premises, Sam made the tough decision to close the doors for good last Thursday.
She said: “It’s such a shame because we came so close to the cinema opening over the road, but we couldn’t have gone through another winter.
“Who would have thought a fire could have such an effect?”
Following an announcement on Facebook that the shop would close, Sam has been inundated with more than 100 messages of support from customers.
They include Alyssia Fleur Sykes who said: “I’m heartbroken about your lovely shop. My friends and I have so many happy memories there. Not only were the crepes amazing, the staff were some of the most welcoming and lovely people I’ve ever met.”
Mary Hill Tallent said: “I wasn’t able to be as regular a customer as I wanted to be - (since I live in America!) - but a visit to your shop was something I always looked forward to, and was a highlight of my visits to Harrogate.”
Sam said she was overwhelmed with all the support.
“I want to say thank you so much to our customers over the years. It has been so well-received and I’ve been really humbled by it. I really tried to keep it going but there’s only so much you can do and it’s out of my hands now. I just wish it could’ve been different.”