Birmingham news Purnell's celebrity chef Glynn Purnell makes use or lose it plea to diners PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Glynn Purnell's Purnell's Bistro currently has no reopening date
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! After the demise of long-standing city eatery Opus, Glynn Purnell has launched a plea to diners to return to the city centre restaurants to prevent further closures. Once the vibrant, bustling heart of Birmingham, the city centre became a ghost town over the three lockdowns and Tier 3 restrictions. Opus, which opened back in 2006, announced it was permanently closed after reaching the 'conclusion that it was 'not viable to carry on trading' after a financially devastating year. Glynn's restaurant Purnell's, situated just opposite Opus on Cornwall Street, will reopen when indoor hospitality restrictions lift from May 17. However, the Saturday Kitchen star's other city-centre restaurant Purnell's Bistro, on Newhall Street currently has no reopening date. Read More Related Articles Much loved city restaurant Opus has announced its closure 'after a year of pain and sorrow' Read More Related Articles The massive changes in Birmingham in last 10 years but one thing has stayed the same Glynn told us: "Opus's closure is incredibly sad. We have had to deal with the same issues they have to face. Purnell's has struggled like everyone else. "It's difficult because no one knows how people are going to react to the city centre opening again. Opus surrounded by roadworks announced its permanent closure on Cornwall Street (Image: Sanjeeta Bains) "But it's more important than ever for people not to be put off into coming to town - because places are open and if you don't go to them, they won't be there for much longer. " Speaking about his Newhall Street eatery - where Yummy Brummie fans can sample a more accessible Purnell's dining experience, Glynn said: "The Bistro really has had a rough deal with the road works and building work on Newhall Street. I am trying to renegotiate the lease and hoping I will be able to reopen. "Things have been far from easy for Purnell's either and that has been going on for quite a while. " Purnell's, Opus, and Zen Metro on Cornwall Street has been dealing with roadworks, building work, scaffolding issues for the past five years. In a 2017 interview with BirminghamLive Zen Metro owner Jaimon George dubbed the ongoing work as "Nightmare of Cornwall Street". Read More Related Articles Nightmare on Cornwall Street: Building work in city centre has left restaurant 'struggling to survive' Read More Related Articles OPUS restaurant is sparkling again after three-year scaffolding nightmare Glynn said: " This street has had lots of issues for a few years before Covid hit - and those issues can be seen across the city - with the number of roadworks. "It is frustrating roads are blocked here and there. "Hopefully, this will be the last stage of work, as a city we absolutely have to be ready ahead of the Commonwealth Games next summer. "It's vital that the city centre is ready and that we keep as many independent and interesting venues open for when that time comes -so we can really showcase what Birmingham has to offer on a world stage. "And that can only happen if people start visiting these places now. " Sadly there are many businesses that will not survive until then. " Read More Related Articles The best Birmingham restaurants to eat in the city centre from May 17 Read More Related Articles City independents to push to get stalls on Birmingham German Market Glynn and his partner Kerry remortgaged their house and "maxed out credit cards" to open Purnell's on Cornwall Street. The city centre eatery won a Michelin star two years later in 2009. He added: "I've been in the city centre through two recessions, a credit crunch and Cornwall Street has been a building site for the last six years. But I have survived. Work on Newhall Street opposite Purnell's Bistro (Image: Sanjeeta Bains) "I'm not a restaurant that's funded or backed by a multimillionaire. There isn't a consortium that backs me. The only person that backs me, is me.
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. "Hospitality will be at its strongest when theatres reopen, museums and other cultural attractions fully reopen -and that's when confidence in the city centre will return - when there are reasons to come back. "The amazing work happening as part of the Paradise development with the new look Chamberlain Square and The Grand reopening is fantastic. " But what will ultimately save the city centre is the people that work inside the city."
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has decreed that the 'work from home if you can' rule will end from June 21 - subject to Covid rates remaining low. However many city centre business have embraced remote working and workers will at the very least - not be required to go back to the office full time. Glynn believes that remote working will not become a permanent fixture for most people - because of the mental health impact. He said: "I don't believe people want to be at home all the time. There's only so many zoom meetings you can have, and I just do not think it is good for anyone mentally- not to have regular face to face interaction with people.
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"But it's down to businesses in the city centre to get their employees back in the city. That is key to the area's long term future. In the meantime, the bright lights of the city centre for an evening out will always be a big pull. "There’s only so many times you can go to a local pub. I've been to my little local pub and sat outside and had a few pizzas, but I can't wait to stick on my new best shirt and go out for dinner in the city centre. I think everyone has missed that."
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Another pull factor according to Glynn will be the fact that overseas travel is largely off the menu. Although May 17 is also the date that sees international holiday restrictions lifting, this is limited to a small number of 'green list' countries and each destination will have their own restrictions for visitors. " I think the limitations on travel are really in hospitality's favour," Glynn told us.
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"A lot of people have had a horrendous time financially, but others have been able to save money - and what are they going to spend it on? Maybe trying nice bars and restaurants, they have not visited before." The star chef who is gearing up to open a brand new eatery in Coventry and also has a plan to open in Knowle in Solihull added: "This summer is an opportunity to get out and about not only in Birmingham but in the West Midlands. "
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