Herne Hill’s Cafe Provencal permanently closes

Katherine Johnston (19 May, 2020)

Restaurant and bar had traded since 1994

36831Cafe Provencal in Half Moon Lane

Herne Hill’s Cafe Provencal has shut down permanently after its managers said COVID-19 was the last straw in a series of challenges.

The business, founded in 1994, had already suffered the impact of Half Moon Lane’s serious flood in 2013 when a Thames Water pipe burst, leaving 58 traders with losses in excess of £6.7 million.

Payouts took years, and many traders never reopened. According to the Herne Hill Forum, footfall to the area has still not recovered.  The business then suffered further flooding and a fire.

The unit has now been cleared out, with co-owner Alan Gaunt tweeting that the restaurant and bar would not be re-opening at the end of lockdown: “We are done.  Two floods and fire and now this. No more energy.”

Rosie vassiliou says:

So so so so sad ? so many wonderful memories and the heart of herne hill will leave such a huge void.

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