Café will not be shut for a great length of time, vows landlord

The Lunch Box, Alnwick, which is undergoing structual repairs
The Lunch Box, Alnwick, which is undergoing structual repairs

The landlord of a town-centre café which has been closed for structural damage doesn’t believe it will be shut for a long period of time.

Earlier this month, The Lunch Box, in Alnwick Market Place, was fenced off from the public after concerns about its condition, resulting in the loss of 12 part-time jobs.

At the time, owner Tom McKie feared that the premises would be closed for ‘months rather than weeks’, but added that the situation was in the hands of Northumberland County Council and his landlord Allan Kim.

But speaking to the Gazette yesterday, Mr Kim said that he did not believe that The Lunch Box saga would rumble on. “It certainly won’t be closed for a long period of time. I can’t give a timescale, but it won’t be closed for a great length of time,” he said.

On Saturday, The Lunch Box’s neighbouring premises – Clippers barbers and The Powder Room beauty salon – were also closed off, preventing any access. But they reopened earlier this week.

Mr Kim added: “Clippers and the beauty salon are back open and running now and they are relatively satisfied with the situation.”