Liverpool's Lu Ban restaurant closes after struggle with costs

13 November 2023 by
Liverpool's Lu Ban restaurant closes after struggle with costs

Liverpool's Lu Ban restaurant has closed its doors after four years of trading, blaming a struggle with rising costs.

The Chinese restaurant opened in 2019 and was led by chef Dave Critchley, who appeared on the BBC's Great British Menu.

A statement posted on Lu Ban's social media channels last week said: "We regret to inform our customers that, after careful consideration, we have made the decision to permanently close Lu Ban restaurant.

"The closure was not a decision we have taken lightly but was necessary due to a combination of factors. The ongoing cost of living crisis has reduced footfall to what was always a niche concept.

"This couple with increasing financial pressures of running and utility costs has rendered the business unsustainable."

Critchley told The Caterer last year the restaurant had to raise prices and cut back on energy usage after a rise in bills.

Lu Ban's statement said any customers who had paid advance deposits would be given a refund.

Hospitality businesses have continued to struggle with rising costs. Chefs Tom Kerridge and Monica Galetti and more than 230 companies last week signed an open letter calling for the government to freeze taxes for the industry in the Autumn Statement to save more venues from closure.


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