Owner of closed eatery considers cafe

THE OWNER of a restaurant which closed down in December says he might transform the property and open again as a cafe.

David Metcalfe said he was surprised he had to close The Green House vegetarian eatary after it was well received by restaurant experts.

He said: “We succeeded because we got in the Good Food Guide and got a lot of recognition, but didn’t seem to make a massive impact.

“I’m very disappointed. I’m very pleased it did get very well received, but I am disappointed it didn’t work as a business.”

The Green House, on Tring High Street, was also nominated for a Vegetarian Society award last year.

Mr Metcalfe added: “Some people would say we didn’t survive because we were a vegetarian restaurant and didn’t sell meat or fish.

“I strongly believe people do want vegetarian food so I don’t think it is particularly the reason.”

Now Mr Metcalfe, who owns a hardware store next door, said he wants to reopen.

“It will probably be in another three months, but I have not decided whether I am going to do it yet,” he said.

“There is a good possibility that if I do it personally, it won’t be a restaurant. It will be a cafe with an element of retail and will probably be a daylight operation.”

He is also considering the position of the bar to draw in more customers.