THE owners of the property housing a Garstang restaurant have confirmed that it has now closed.
Salvatore’s, an Italian restaurant was situated in what was formerly known as the Farmer’s Arms until a £200,000 revamp two years ago, has not been open for several weeks.
Owners Punch Taverns, who leased the building to an Italian businessman who converted into a restaurant, confirmed this week that the restaurant hd closed.
For much of the past two years the ex-pub has been known as Salvatore’s, after the name of leaseholder Salvatore Vivace, who changed the Farmer’s Arms name when he opened the restaurant.
In November last year, following a management shake-up, its running was put into the hands of uncle and nephew Sacha Fausto and Carmine Fausto, with another change of name to Passione.
After several weeks as Passione, it is understood there was another management shake-up and the Salvatore’s brand re-appeared.
This week it was confirmed the business has now closed, prompting speculation about the building’s future.
When contacted by The Courier, Punch Taverns, said: “The Farmer’s Arms is temporarily closed and our priority is to re-open it as soon as possible.”
The spokeswoman declined to say any more about the reasons for the closure or answer further questions. It is not known when the building will re-open and whether it will be as a pub or a restaurant.
The Courier was unable to contact Mr Vivace.
A spokesman for Garstang Chamber of Trade, Damian Carr, said: “It is sad to see any business in the town close. We hope the owners get new tenants to take on a lease very soon and it will re-open in one form or another as soon as possible.”
When permission was sought for conversion to a restaurant, the police objected to the plan, fearing that the move might lead to an increase in booze-fuelled crime in the town.
However, licensing councillors approved the plan.