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High business rates blamed for cafe’s unexpected closure

PUBLISHED: 11:21 11 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:39 11 October 2018

Tuttles Corner in Lowestoft has shut unexpectedly. Picture: Conor Matchett

Tuttles Corner in Lowestoft has shut unexpectedly. Picture: Conor Matchett

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One of Lowestoft’s most beloved cafes has blamed its sudden closure on the rise in running costs and business rates.

Tuttles Corner in Lowestoft has shut unexpectedly. Picture: Conor MatchettTuttles Corner in Lowestoft has shut unexpectedly. Picture: Conor Matchett

Tuttles Corner, on Station Square, announced its closure in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

The business had, only five weeks ago, closed temporarily due to what it called a “minor electrical issue”.

However, in a statement, the business said running the cafe had become “unsustainable” due to rising costs and business rates.

On Facebook the cafe said: “We are very sorry but we have to announce our closing.

Tuttles Corner in Lowestoft has shut unexpectedly. Picture: Conor MatchettTuttles Corner in Lowestoft has shut unexpectedly. Picture: Conor Matchett

“Unfortunately due to the costs we have just found reopening the cafe unsustainable due to business rates and rising costs.

“We hope to reopen eventually in some form to serve you all soon.

“We are very sad and disappointed but please watch this space.”

The cafe also thanked its customers over the years and said it was “gutted” to be closing.

It wrote: “We thank you all for your amazing custom and we will miss you all until we can be back with you in some form.

“We are so gutted not to be back with you but costs just don’t go away and with the work on the electrics, the bins, stock etc. we just can’t.”

Disappointed customers echoed the cafe’s anger at high business rates, which are set by central government and collected by Waveney District Council.

Jacqueline Gowing said: “This is a prime example of how the council don’t support our small businesses. With big business taxes and rates, it’s such a shame and so unfair.

“I hope you can recover somehow and hope the owner gets to recoup his expenses. It’s not easy in business nowadays.”

Anna Sinclair added: “This has made me sad, we loved our Saturday morning breakfasts after dancing and your fabulous cakes!

“Please don’t give up, you really had a perfect family friendly feel and that’s important to so many parents and grandparents!”

Hilary Sutton said: “So sorry to hear you are closing. Your food was amazing and you were all so welcoming.”

The cafe hit the national headlines earlier this year after their ‘Hot Dog on a bum’ menu error.

What do you think about Tuttles Corner’s closure? Email conor.matchett@archant.co.uk

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