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Another local York business forced to close

Cafe Concerto in Petergate, York.

Family-run York business Café Concerto has joined many other city businesses in having to close permanently due to the pandemic.

The local family-run business Café Concerto, in Petergate, announced that it is having to close its doors permanently. Café Concerto had been open for over 28 years and has become a staple of York’s city centre, located only a two minute walk to the city’s Minster.

Rozz Hancox, who has run the café for over 28 years, has been forced to close her small café due to having “no income for nine months and with an indefinite period of ongoing restrictions”, York Press reported.

The staff and team at Cafe Concerto in York.
The team of Café Concerto gather outside at the front of the restaurant.

The music-themed café has 4.6 stars out of 5 on Google reviews, and this alone proves how popular the café had become in its long span in the city centre. Rozz has revealed to York Press that she will continue running the apartment above the café on AirBnB that has Minster and city views, the apartment has also been very highly rated on the site.

Café Concerto closing joins the long list of shops that have faced closure on York’s high street this year with a loss of 55 stores.

Jack Wills in York is permanently closing its doors.
Jack Wills, in Stonegate, has its shutting down sale.

This comes after York’s Central MP, Rachel Maskell, addressed how badly the pandemic had hit York’s tourism, retail and leisure sector during the Prime Minister’s questions back in September. Rachel said: “York has over 30,000 people working in the tourism, leisure and retail sectors that have all been particularly badly affected by this crisis… York will see extremely high levels of unemployment that will have a devastating impact on the lives of people in the city now and in the future.”

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