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'Norwich will soon be a ghost town'- locals react to news Jamie's Italian will close

PUBLISHED: 14:57 08 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:08 09 January 2019

Jamie's Italian at the Royal Arcade which is closing. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Jamie's Italian at the Royal Arcade which is closing. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2019

Jamie's Italian in Norwich's Royal Arcade will close its door for the final time next month after the landlord decided to find a new tenant.

Our readers reacted to this announcement with a mixture of dismay and fear with many asking the question “what now for the city’s high street?”.

Worried about the number of shop closures, Sarah Hain said: “Norwich will soon be a ghost town. All the empty units at Castle Mall and House of Fraser closing is very sad for us people that like shopping, browsing, buying and eating afterwards.”

Danielle Poll added: “There will be nothing left in Norwich soon.”

Jenny Illman also expressed disappointment at the news, saying: “Gutted. I love it there, it’s so nice to be able to go out for a meal as a family when they have kids eat free as it can be really expensive all going out for a nice meal together. I’m really going to miss it.”

Jamie's Italian at the Royal Arcade which is closing. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYJamie's Italian at the Royal Arcade which is closing. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Similarly Emily Lees said: “So sad. One of the only family friendly restaurants in Norwich. They have always made such an effort to accommodate me and my son and we have been taking him here since he was born. It will be missed.”

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Sharon Ferguson said: “What a shame. We have had some lovely meals there.”

Wendy Stranger said: “Really sad. Fab food and great team. Had my wedding party there.”

Jamie's Italian at the Royal Arcade which is closing. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYJamie's Italian at the Royal Arcade which is closing. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Others, however, said that they were not surprised to hear of the closure, and spoke about the competition the restaurant faced from other eateries.

Irene McManus said: “Not surprised, only went there once. Competition for eating places is very good and getting better by the minute.”

Stuart Margitson echoed this sentiment. He said: “Not a great surprise. Much better restaurants in Norwich.”

William Parker said: “Oh well another gone. It was overpriced anyway.”

Jamie's Italian at the Royal Arcade which is closing. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYJamie's Italian at the Royal Arcade which is closing. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Nigel Rich said: “It’s a shame. Jamie was a revolutionary and an innovator, but his time has come, eat in the city these days? Not a chance in hell. Give me a rural pub/restaurant every time.”

Sue Summons said: “Been waiting for this to close. Never see many people in it.”

Claire Chettleburgh said: “Another place in Norwich closing, it’s a shame.”

Jamie's Italian at the Royal Arcade which is closing. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYJamie's Italian at the Royal Arcade which is closing. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The leaseholder has decided not to share details about the future of the premises at this time.

Jamie Oliver in his  Italian restaurant in Norwich Royal Arcade back in its opening year (2012).  Photo: Bill SmithJamie Oliver in his Italian restaurant in Norwich Royal Arcade back in its opening year (2012). Photo: Bill Smith

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