Harrogate restaurant closes its doors

Harrogate restaurant closes its doors

Published at 6:16pm 24th October 2016. (Updated at 1:25pm 25th October 2016)

The Yorkshire Meatball Company have closed their Harrogate restaurant.

The owners of the restaurant on Station Bridge, which underwent a refurbishment earlier this year, say they've faced continuing difficulties recruiting staff. 

A statement on their website says they will now focus on selling their meatball recipes to the major supermarkets. 

The statement reads: "It is with great sadness and regret that, faced with continuing difficulties in recruiting restaurant staff following the influx of chain restaurants into Harrogate, we have taken the difficult but commercially-important decision to permanently close our restaurant until further notice.

"The closure of the restaurant business is particularly disappointing for us, considering the years of planning and hard work that went in to ensuring the concept was a success. We will, without a doubt, miss serving our Balls to you, and certainly hope to return with a food service concept in not-too-distant future. However, this decision will allow us the time and focus required to make the national launch of our retail Balls a success…ensuring as many people as possible, all across the UK, are able to enjoy our unique taste of Yorkshire!

"Most importantly, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your custom, your support and your encouragement. Operating the restaurant for the past two-and-a-half years was a fantastic experience, made so much better by the smiling faces we were given the honour of welcoming through our doors! We hope you will understand our decision and continue to support us as we embark on the next phase in our exciting journey!"