St Albans Thai restaurant closing

Busaba Eathai in St Albans. Picture: Google Maps

Busaba Eathai in St Albans. Picture: Google Maps - Credit: Archant

The St Albans branch of a Thai restaurant chain has shut up shop for good.

Busaba Eathai opened the Christopher Place site in 2016, after the building had been vacant for about four years.

Just two years later the restaurant chain has closed, not long after the long bank holiday weekend.

Two of its other branches, in Manchester and Liverpool, were victim to the same fate last year.

A spokesperson from Busaba said: “Following the closure [on May 29], the Busaba management team will be focusing on delivering operational excellence and memorable guest experiences across the 13 remaining modern Bangkok eateries based in London.”

All staff will be relocated to other branches.

Christopher Place manager Catherine Morris said: “It was such a wonderful thing that this restaurant, who are very successful around the country, decided to take the site and occupy it, making the area a food quarter.

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“It was definitely going to grow footfall to the area and develop the evening economy in St Albans, but sadly, getting the formula wrong from the start didn’t give them a chance to get the restaurant off the ground.”

Busaba Eathai was set up by Wagamama entrepreneur Alan Yau in 1999.