“We cannot maintain any longer” – Phill and Deb Lewis announce closure of Kindle

By James McAllister

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“We cannot maintain any longer” – Phill and Deb Lewis announce closure of Kindle

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Cardiff-based restaurateurs Phill and Deb Lewis are to close their sustainability-focused outdoor restaurant Kindle, describing the decision as ‘a reflection of the current industry struggles’.

The pair, who launched Kindle back in October 2021​, confirmed that the restaurant’s final service would take place this Sunday (7 January).

In a statement posted on Instagram​, they said: “It is with significant sadness that we will be closing the doors to Kindle for the final time this Sunday.

“We have worked tirelessly to create a beautiful, sustainable restaurant in the city, but due to a number factors currently being experienced by the industry as a whole, we cannot maintain any longer.

“This decision is in no way a reflection of the outstanding food produced by the kitchen team or sensational service by the front of house team, but a reflection of the current industry struggles and a worrying pattern as we see multiple business closures up and down the country.”

Housed on a former warden’s bungalow on the edge of Sophia Gardens in the heart of Cardiff, the Lewises first announced plans for Kindle back in 2019 following a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised £43,000 to help transform the rundown property.

Bolstered by more than £350,000 of further investment from the founders, it eventually launched in the autumn of 2021, offering outdoor-only seating and serving a menu of small plate dishes cooked over fire.

The restaurant, which has worked closely with local farmers, gamekeepers and gardeners to use ethical produce with a huge emphasis on provenance, was shortlisted for the Sustainability Award at the 2022 National Restaurant Awards.

“We hope that there will be a place for Kindle in the future,” the couple added.

“But for now, it’s a very sad and difficult goodbye.”

The Lewises also own Dusty’s Pizzeria and neighbourhood bistro Nook in Cardiff, which both continue to operate.

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