Community reacts to news of Harrogate cafe closure

Crepes and Creams, in Albert Street, which has closed down 18 months after the fire at Prezzo. (1507072AM1)
Crepes and Creams, in Albert Street, which has closed down 18 months after the fire at Prezzo. (1507072AM1)

News that a Harrogate cafe had been forced to close after last year’s fire at Prezzo destroyed trade has been met with sadness from the community.

More than 40 comments have been left on the Harrogate Advertiser Facebook page expressing sadness that Crepes and Creams, in Albert Street, is no longer trading.

Many expressed shock, sadness and disappointment, while some were angry at the loss of the independent business.

The comments include:

Marit Brown said: “Lovely little independent cafe, such a shame.”

Jade Pickard said: “Mortified - such a lovely place and lovely ladies. Crepes weren’t bad either! My daughter will be so upset - it was her fave treat.”

Diane Edwards said: “So many people are so sad to see Crepes and Creams go. I hope it is some solace to the owners that their business was much appreciated and loved.”

Andrea McKenzie said: “Incredibly sad to hear this news. My daughters and I loved the cafe, from its fab crepes to customer service with a smile. Surely the owners are due some form of compensation for the collapse of their business through no fault of their own.”

Michael James Burke said: “I used to work next door at the estate agents, the owner is absolutely lovely and shouldn’t be penalised for this! What an absolute joke!”

Speaking to the Advertiser this week, the cafe’s heartbroken owner 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: “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.”

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