ONE of Hartlepool’s most highly-regarded restaurants could close later this year.
Krimo’s Restaurant, in Slake Terrace, at Hartlepool’s Marina, could shut its doors to diners in December after almost three decades of serving up some of the region’s finest dishes.
The news follows the closure of the popular Lotus Garden restaurant, on Navigation Point, earlier this year.
And the news is a further blow to fellow marina business bosses who expressed concern in the Mail earlier this month that they felt the whole area was falling into a state of disrepair.
Neil Evans, who runs the Black Olive bar, told the Mail at the time that unless the area was spruced up quickly, new businesses would not be attracted to the area and the area would be blighted by empty units.
Owner Krimo Bouabda, 61, spoke about the decision to sell up and hopefully secure a buyer for his “baby” – the reknowned eaterie which he and his wife Karen opened on May 4, 1985, with just £250.
He said: “The lease ends in December and I’ve no intention of extending it because basically I’m getting old. I’m going to have to give it up and concentrate on the other two, Casa Del Mar and Portofino’s. It will be running as normal until then or until somebody buys it because we have put it up for sale.”
He added: “I’m 61 now and there’s no way I can extend the lease for another 10 or 15 years. I have to put it on the market and hope it sells as a business. We’ll be there until the last minute until whatever time it sells.”
Krimo admitted that giving up the restaurant will be a big emotional pull.
“I will miss it,” he said. “It’s like the baby that we started with 29 years ago when we had £250 to open it. My wife and I hardly had a penny!”
The dad and granddad added: “The people of Hartlepool have been absolutely amazing, really helpful and supportive. By doing this though it will make life easier for me although I am in no way retiring. It’s very sad and it’s taken a long time to put it out there, but I have for the sake of people knowing the truth.”