It has been a fixture in York since 1986.
But Russells of Coppergate has now closed for good, another victim of today’s challenging trading conditions.
After 32 years, the restaurant placed a notice on the window which read:
It is with deepest regret that Russells of Coppergate is closing for business as from 1 July 2019.
Sincere thanks to all our customers past and present, from near and far, for all your support over many years.
It has been a privilege to serve you.
The owner Chris Gardner didn’t want to comment further today. But the restaurant did issue a statement, saying the decision had been taken with “great sadness”.
York is a very different place from what it was in 1986. Since then the casual dining sector has changed significantly and has experienced several pressures.
Increasing costs and overheads including property costs have contributed to the business’s demise, like many others before it.
The company has been placed in the hands of Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions, which offers restructuring and insolvency advice to business owners.
It can be contacted via email at email@example.com.
Russells, housed in a 16th century coaching inn, was best known for its traditional carvery.
It also offered a choice of à la carte and vegetarian dishes, children’s meals and morning coffee.
Russells was also the favourite restaurant of the producer and reality star David Gest.