Shoreditch restaurant Two Lights announces permanent closure

By James McAllister

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Two Lights, the neighbourhood-style restaurant in London's Shoreditch from Clove Club alumnus Chase Lovecky, has announced it will close permanently due to ongoing Coronavirus restrictions making the business 'untenable'.

The restaurant, which is ranked at Number 71​ on the UK’s Top 100 Restaurants List, was opened by US chef Lovecky back in 2018 and offered a trendy take on modern American cuisine.

In a statement posted on Instagram​ yesterday (24 November), Two Lights said that despite managing to overcome the challenges of the first lockdown, the triple hit of the curfew, tiered restrictions and second lockdown meant it would not be able to carry on. 

It said: "Guests, family and friends of Two Lights, it is with great sadness that we announce the closure of the restaurant.

"Like so many of our peers from the first lock down in March we have had huge obstacles to try and over come and unfortunately the recent curfew, tier restrictions and this second lock down have finally made the continuation of the restaurant untenable.

"Foremost we’d like to thank Chase Lovecky, our partner and head chef ,for all his hard work over the last two years, to our current team and to the rest of the Two Lights family who played a part however large or small thank you.

"And finally a huge thanks to everyone who came to eat and drink and loved the restaurant as much as we did.

"We hope you are safe and well and encourage you to try and support your favourite restaurants as much as you can during this tough time. We’ll see you on the other side."

Lovecky, who spent three years cooking at The Clove Club and counts US chef David Chang of Momofuku fame as his mentor, described Two Lights prior to its launch as being 'a small restaurant serving creative and delicious food'.

It was named after the national park in Maine, New England, which Lovecky calls home.

The menu combined different cultures and flavours to astonishing effect, with dishes including a crispy prawn sandwich with yuzu mayonnaise and Thai basil; roasted Aylesbury duck with confit duck leg and tarte tatin; and an Insta-famous vanilla custard tart dessert with bourbon caramel, and molten chocolate cake with Guinness ice cream.

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