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Herne Hill’s Cafe Provencal permanently closes

Herne Hill’s Cafe Provencal has shut down permanently after its managers said COVID-19 was the last straw in a series of challenges.

The business, founded in 1994, had already suffered the impact of Half Moon Lane’s serious flood in 2013 when a Thames Water pipe burst, leaving 58 traders with losses in excess of £6.7 million.

Payouts took years, and many traders never reopened. According to the Herne Hill Forum, footfall to the area has still not recovered.  The business then suffered further flooding and a fire.

The unit has now been cleared out, with co-owner Alan Gaunt tweeting that the restaurant and bar would not be re-opening at the end of lockdown: “We are done.  Two floods and fire and now this. No more energy.”

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  1. So so so so sad ? so many wonderful memories and the heart of herne hill will leave such a huge void.

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