Cleethorpes cafe closes after owners refuse terms of lease
A CAFE in a Cleethorpes park has closed indefinitely after owners refused the council’s offer of a lease which required them to clean the toilets and was “not commercially viable”.
Haversnack, the cafe in Haverstoe Park, has closed as the owners have refused to accept the offer of a lease from North East Lincolnshire Council.
Former co-owner Mark Thomas said: “We enjoyed running the cafe but were running at a loss and hoped the council might take this into account when offering a new lease.
“However, they did not and wanted us to open, close and clean the toilets which would have required even more staff.
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“My business partner and I are both local and users of the park but as much as we like it, we have had to walk away because it is just not commercially viable.”
A spokesman for NELC said that strategic partners Balfour Beatty will conduct an “informal tender exercise” to find a new occupier.
The spokesman added: “Expressions of interest will be invited by way of an informal tender exercise with interested parties asked to submit their offers in writing. It will be a part of any lease agreement that the operator of the café is responsible for the toilets within the building which will include their opening and closing, cleaning, security and so on.
“Any potential operator will therefore be expected to undertake their own due diligence as to the viability of the proposal and rent they are prepared to tender.”