The Stonebaked Pizza restaurant in Nottingham’s Clocktower dining area in the Victoria Centre becomes the third eatery to close in the last six months.
A refurbishment of the centre in 2015 created a food court area – since then Joe’s Kitchen, Coast to Coast have also ceased trading at the centre. The Stonebaked Pizza premises opened in August 2016.
Nigel Wheatley, GM at intu in Nottingham, said: ‘We’re sorry to hear Stonebaked Pizza Co. has closed and we’d like to wish their staff members all the very best.
‘We’re constantly working hard to refresh our store line-up with new and exciting retailers to give our visitors the best possible shopping experience.
‘We are currently in discussions with a number of restaurants which are keen to have a store in our centre. We’ve just welcomed Briidgee fast food this weekend and will soon be welcoming Nottingham Street Food Club to our Clocktower dining area in the next few months.’
The news comes two weeks after The Nottingham Street Food Club announced that it will open a brand new independent indoor street food market at intu Victoria Centre before the summer – a first for the city.
The 150-seater venue will feature four hot food stalls and a bar, all manned by local independent traders.
Nathanial Wilson, who runs the club, said: “I’m really pleased to be able to reveal that the new indoor street food market will be located at intu Victoria Centre; it’s the perfect location for us and will give a number of really talented Nottingham-based traders the opportunity to showcase what they do to a really big audience.
“The ethos of the market will be that we will be able to incubate and rotate small businesses throughout the course of the year, allowing the people of Nottingham to eat global but dine local. We have so many amazing independent traders here and this will give them the perfect platform to expand what they are already doing so well.”
“We are hugely supportive of independent retailers and are really excited to see the different cuisines that are going to be on offer at the venue throughout the year.”
Initially the market will open Friday to Sunday from noon to 11.30pm, but Nathaniel is expecting strong demand and hopes to be able to open seven days a week before the end of the year.
Nathaniel added: “The street food scene in Nottingham is growing all the time and I know that this is going to be really popular – so hopefully it won’t be long before we’re opening full time, that’s the aim.”