Last year, Harry Ramsden’s said that they were going to close its first ever restaurant opened in the UK in Guiseley, after 83 years of being in business.
However, the Wetherby Whaler group said that would return the restaurant to its “glory days” after it takes over the premises.
Last year, it was announced that its flagship restaurant, Harry Ramsden’s in Guiseley, Leeds, which opened in 1928 was losing money due to less people eating out, the cost of supplies, the cost of refurbishing, hiring staff and the increased cost of restaurant insurance. Harry Ramsden’s said the restaurant needed significant investment before it could become profitable.
The Wetherby Whaler group which has four fish and chip restaurants in Yorkshire, said it would invest £500,000 on refurbishing the premises to become its flagship branch.
A spokeswoman from the Wetherby Whaler group said that it was hoped the original ‘shed’ of the building could be preserved and that their famous chandeliers would be updated with new fittings.
The Wetherby Whaler group’s Phillip Murphy who opened his first restaurant with his wife Janine is 1989 said, “The famous fish and chip restaurant in Guiseley is the spiritual home of fish and chips in England. It would be a national scandal if it were to close at this time of economic uncertainty.
“Our investment has saved a Yorkshire landmark and will ensure the tradition of fine fish and chips continues at this important location.
“The new Wetherby Whaler in Guiseley will be our flagship restaurant. We expect it to recapture the atmosphere and flavours of Harry Ramsden’s best years.
“We are confident that with the right investment, careful attention to detail, great-tasting fish and chips and excellent value for money, we will make a lasting success of this new venture and return the restaurant to its glory days.
“Our family-owned business is built on solid foundations and this has given us the confidence to invest. It fits perfectly with our business strategy of controlled growth and accentuates our belief that Yorkshire is a great place to do business.”