You win some. You lose some. No sooner were we able to share the news that Notting Hill's The Cow had survived its license review by Westminster council, than the story dropped that one of Soho's best-loved restaurants had closed its doors.
Vasco & Piero's Pavilion has had to celebrate its 50th birthday with the worst possible news. It seems that landlord issues have resulted in the closure of the restaurant, which first opened its door in Soho back in 1971.
The landlords in question are the Thomas Pocklington Trust who - if you look at their website - state that one of the trust's key tenets is to "treat people the way we would like to be treated". Clearly someone along the line has lost sight of that.
News of the closure was met with dismay on social media today.
Another victim of this terrible Covid. The best Italian restaurant in Soho, the wonderful @Vasco_and_Piero now gone. Landlord wouldn’t budge on the rent. Will miss Paul and all the family. So bloody sad. Thank you for all the great times. pic.twitter.com/cR3vnueBKA— Giles Fraser (@giles_fraser) April 27, 2021
OH NO NO NO NOT VASCO & PIERO— Marina O'Loughlin (@MarinaOLoughlin) April 27, 2021
Now this one hits really hard. Someone should condemn these landlords to eat nowhere but Spoons for the rest of their miserable, shriveled lives https://t.co/aJF2Wv0vry
This is appalling. Vasco & Piero was more than an institution. It was a national treasure.— Matthew Fort (@matthewfort) April 28, 2021
But before we all don sackcloth and ashes, there is a potential light at the end of the tunnel, with the owners declaring that, like Arnie...
We will be back!!— Vasco and Piero's (@Vasco_and_Piero) April 27, 2021
More about Vasco and Piero's Pavilion
Where was it? 15 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 8QE
Find out more: Follow them on Twitter @Vasco_and_Piero
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