Joanna's restaurant closes after 45 years of trading

20 January 2023 by
Joanna's restaurant closes after 45 years of trading

Family-run restaurant Joanna's in London's Crystal Palace has closed after 45 years of trading due to the challenges posed by "current economic conditions".

American diner and neighbourhood restaurant Joanna's was founded by husband and wife John and Christina Ellner in 1978 at half the size of what it is today.

In 1985, the bakery next door was transformed into a second dining room. Wooden panelling, a reception booth and a private room was added over subsequent years.

It was described in the 2022 Harden's Guide as always serving an "excellent experience, be it for brunch, lunch or dinner".

The current owner, Will Ellner, posted on Instagram: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have decided to close Joanna's. Friday service was our last up here on the Triangle in Crystal Palace.

"The restaurant has been a second home to so many of you over the last 45 years. Colleagues and guests celebrating birthdays, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, and more.

"Current economic conditions are creating huge difficulties, especially in the hospitality industry, and these challenges are unfortunately too much for us as a small business to overcome which has led me to make this difficult decision."

He thanked the "enthusiasm and love" from his loyal customers that "made Joanna's such a unique and special place".

Modern European restaurant Llewelyn's in London's Herne Hill commented: "This is such sad news. My earliest memories of being in a restaurant are at Joanna's. You'll be so missed!"


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