Artisan restaurant in Hessle to close
ONE of East Yorkshire's best-known restaurants is set to close, with its owners saying they have taken the award-winning business as far as they can go.
Artisan in Hessle is listed in the Michelin and Good Food Guides and has won a whole host of awards including The Journal Restaurant of the Year last year.
However, husband-and-wife team Richard and Lindsey Johns have confirmed the grade two-listed Georgian town house will close its doors at the end of April.
Mr Johns, a self-taught chef, says they are in talks to buy the freehold of the townhouse and could relaunch the space as a new restaurant in the near future.
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He said: "People have been really shocked by the decision.
"It's nothing to be sad about.
"It is time to move on as we have taken Artisan as far as we can.
"We are closing the chapter on Artisan and whatever we do in the future we hope to build on that reputation.
"When we opened up where we did, there were the doubters who didn't think we would last five minutes. We are very proud of what we have achieved."
The restaurant was opened in December 2004.
The couple are going to take some time off and travel around France and Italy to "get inspired about food again".
"We do both want to stay in the area," said Mr Johns.
"When we come back we want to open something more contemporary that will appeal to a wider audience.
"Our current restaurant is still different to 99 per cent of all other restaurants in the area."