Shock after the sudden closure of Hull restaurant 1884 Dock Street Kitchen

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 28 Jun 2018

CUSTOMERS of 1884 Dock Street Kitchen have described their shock as one of their favourite restaurants announced its sudden closure.

Just after 5.30pm  yesterday the restaurant released a sudden statement on Facebook saying it  would be closing with immediate effect.

It said: “After six wonderful years we’re sad to confirm the closure of 1884 Dock Street Kitchen with immediate effect.

Many thanks to all our customers, suppliers and staff who have supported us since day one.

“We hope to see you all again as we reveal details of our exciting new ventures. We’ll be in touch with everyone who has outstanding paid deposits. If you have unredeemed gift vouchers, please call in at the restaurant by Saturday, July 14.

There will be someone available at the restaurant  from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturdays.”

1884 Dock Street Kitchen has closed with immediate effect

Regulars said they were saddened by the news, which they said was “always busy”. Donna Stathers, from Hull, said:

“We’ve been a few times and really liked the Sunday lunches there so it’s a bit of a shock.

“It’s sad for the city if it really has closed for good. I’m a hairdresser and the travellers who come with Hull Fair absolutely love it there. It was always really busy.”

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Jan Muir, from Aberdeen was planning to visit 1884 during her visit to Hull this week. She said: “We were going to go. We found them on TripAdvisor so said we’d go at some point.

“We went past on Monday and saw it was shut, but we knew about it being closed on a Monday and said we’ll come back later in the week.

“It’s quite sad really.”

The Facebook post was met with well-wishes and regret from customers who had not got to try the menu one last time before it closed. One Facebook user said: “Such sad news, one of my favourite restaurants. Never failed to give outstanding food and service.”

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Another said: “Wow such sad news. Was hoping to go there over summer.”

Despite the closure of Dock Street Kitchen, 1884 Wine and Tapas Bar will remain open. In a separate statement, Dock Street Kitchen said: “Just to clarify, 1884 Wine and Tapas Bar is open and thriving as usual. Our decision to close the restaurant has not affected them in any way.”

In a statement following the sudden closure, restaurant owners, Headstart Retail, said the company is “exploring new options”. 

Director James Birch (Image: Copyright © 2015 Neil Holmes Photography)

A spokesman said: “Headstart Retail made the decision this week to close 1884 Dock Street Kitchen with immediate effect and is now exploring new options for the building at the side of Hull Marina.

“The 30 staff at the restaurant, including the director,  James Birch, are still being paid, and most of them are expected to transfer to new roles within the group, which also plans to open a new restaurant, Cucina 1884, in Hessle later this year.

“James is in the process of contacting people who have made bookings at 1884 Dock Street Kitchen, and he is asking anyone who holds gift vouchers to take them to the restaurant by Saturday, July 14.”

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In March, the restaurant had a major revamp after opening six years ago, but owners stressed it would still remain a high-end restaurant.

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