Sunderland's Bonded Warehouse to close permanently due to Covid-19
The owners of Bonded Warehouse, in Sunderland’s Fish Quay, have announced they will not be reopening the doors.
Following a £250,000 investment, the historic building, once a 19th Century warehouse serving the port, opened as an events space in January 2018.
At first, the events space was used as a bar and restaurant as well, and built up a firm following for its Sunday lunches. In recent months, however, its unique industrial setting was used solely for events, such as gigs and bingo nights, as well as functions.
Now the owners, who are also behind the successful Fat Hippo brand, have said that the pandemic has taken its toll and they will not be reopening.
A statement on their social media pages reads: “Thank you all for your patience and kind words during this difficult time, we appreciate your support more than ever.
“We’re really sorry to say that due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, we have had to make the extremely difficult decision to permanently close the doors of Bonded Warehouse.
“This isn’t a decision we have taken lightly, however with the toll the last few months have taken on the business and the amount of uncertainty still remaining, we felt we would rather fully reimburse all of our private reservations and close down on our own terms.
“We have some unforgettable memories here. From every beaming face who walked down our aisle, epic live bands like Smooth + Turrell and The Futureheads blowing our roof off, to our ‘legendary’ Sunday roasts that became a firm favourite on Wearside.
“Everyone affected has been contacted, however if you do need to speak with us please contact [email protected] Stay safe and stay well and keep supporting the independents of Sunderland. Team BW x”
The events space is the first big venue to announce it will not be reopening in Sunderland. But, nationally, many businesses have fallen victim to the loss of trade caused by the pandemic. Debenhams is currently in administration as it battles problems exacerbated by coronavirus.
The owner of High Street restaurant chains Café Rouge and Bella Italia has also gone into administration.
See our guide to local cafes you can support here.