Restaurant closures spark cut-price kit sale

A raft of kitchen kit is set to be made available to the second-hand catering equipment market when two restaurants in the Bristol area close for business this weekend.

The Preview Buffet Bar and the Carvery Company restaurants next to the Vue Cinema in Cribbs Causeway intend to divest all of their kitchen equipment following the closure on 30 June.

The decision will see more than 250 separate items of catering equipment become surplus to requirement, including two Falcon six-burner ranges and a double basket fryer, three Rational combi ovens and a variety of tabling, counters and shelving fabricated by Moffat.

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Alto Shaam hot holding cabinets, Sharp and Samsung microwaves, Electrolux food prep equipment, two Winterhalter dishwashers and half a dozen Gram refrigeration units are also up for sale.

Other brands of equipment used by the restaurants include Buffalo, Dualit, Imperial, Mechline, Polar, Pitco, Robot Coupe, Trivent and Victor, while there is also a wide variety of back bar items from Osborne, Scanfrost, and Instanta, LEC and Hoshizaki.

All items will be sold off at an auction scheduled for July 4 and arranged by Bath-based Pro Auction.

AGM Catering, which runs both restaurants, said it had decided to shut the restaurants to concentrate on other businesses in the South West region.

AGM has held the lease since 2007, but said that over the past few years there had been several approaches via the landlord Prudential to take over the lease due to its high footfall.

Kerry Michael, chief executive of AGM Catering, said: “Both of the restaurants we operate at Cribbs Causeway are our own independent, family-run businesses and over the years we have been approached by Prudential who have had several large chains trying to get a presence at this prime location. Since we took on the lease our other business interests in the South West have grown enormously and we feel it is time to move on.”

It is understood that the current building will be split into three restaurants, which itself will create new kitchen project opportunities for the market. Tenants are already believed to be in place and ready to take the space.

Jon Edwards, centre director at Cribbs Causeway, said: “We can confirm The Carvery Company and Preview Buffet Bar will be closing at the end of the month, however we can also confirm that we are in advanced discussions with some exciting new names who we hope to bring to The Venue very soon as part of a wider investment programme..”

He added that further details would be released in the “coming weeks”.

Next week’s auction will be preceded by a two-day preview period on July 2-3 when prospective buyers can view the equipment.

Including restaurant furniture and non-catering equipment, there are more than 600 lots to be sold at the auction. Organisers Pro Auction said it expects the sale to attract interest from around the UK.

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