Arrivederci? No, it’s addio as Adesso restaurant closes


The only remaining restaurant on Dunstable’s Grove Park development has ceased trading.

Italian eaterie Adesso closed for good last week due to a combination of the economic situation and “personal circumstances”.

Adesso and a Chinese restaurant opened in the two units next to the Grove Theatre in 2007.

But the Chinese closed several years ago due to poor trade and none of the other restaurant sites on the complex have ever been occupied.

An Adesso spokesman said this week: “The directors of Adesso would like to advise their customers that unfortunately they have had to close the doors after seven years of trading.

“This is due partly to personal circumstances, but also to the ongoing economic climate.

“Adesso has tried hard to make the business a success and had many loyal customers who have become not only clients but friends.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support. Unfortunately many factors have influenced the necessity of Adesso having to close.”

Grove Parkwas hailed as Dunstable’s “new cultural, leisure and residential quarter” when plans were drawn up.

Complex Development Projects (CDP) was behind the mixed use scheme in partnership with Dunstable Town Council and the then South Beds District Council.

CDP said in 2007 that the Grove Theatre, together with the adjacent terrace of 40,000 sq ft of bars and resataurants, was the core of the project.

It added: “The venue is cross-financed by the bar and restaurant development, the development of 157 new residential apartments, with a nominal contribution for affodable housing and a contribution of £8million from SBDC.

“The scheme has a modern architectural style with an emphasis on quality materials that provide a sense of civic pride and longevity.”

Apart from the Grove Theatre, the only remaining businesses trading on the complex are the Gary Cooper pub and Cookies & Cream nightclub at the Court Drive end.