Pinner residents have been left devastated following the closure of a much-loved café in North Harrow.
The family-owned Red Cup Café on Station Road closed its doors for good last month. Parents Henal and Reena, together with their daughter Zaiya, have owned the cafe since 2015 in what they described as “seven supersonic, megatastic years”.
In recent months, the cost-of-living crisis and rising energy bills have hit the hospitality industry hard, and at Red Cup Café it was no different. A rental increase on a new lease extension was “completely unaffordable”, and with a new electricity contract set to add another £15,000 to costs, the family ultimately had no other choice but to close.
The family said: “Due to what we have had to endure over the last few years or so – the pandemic, the current economic climate, drastic increases in food prices, lack of continued support from the government, overheads we are having to maintain etc – we have now been forced into this as we cannot raise prices to an unaffordable level just to cover these costs.
“We would like to give a massive thank you from the bottom of our grateful hearts, not just for your custom and support, but for letting us share so many fabulous and unfortunately difficult moments with you.
“We will work on coming back in a new form, stronger and determined.”
Local resident Stephen Conway said: “This is devastating. A proper local business run by the most wonderful local people. We all will miss Red Cup tremendously; there’s literally no better alternative. Wishing a speedy return in one form or the other. Love to all of you.”
Another resident, Anita Morar, said: “So sorry to hear this. You guys have been amazing for the community, especially throughout lockdown. Wish you all the best for the future as I’m sure it’s not the end, but the beginning of a new chapter!”