Time runs out for 1940s cafe

Carol Dawson, owner of Times Gone By
Carol Dawson, owner of Times Gone By

A nostalgic cafe, which enjoyed hundreds of glowing reports on review sites, has closed.

Before Christmas, the owners of the Times Gone By cafe in Hilderthorpe Road, said takings were down by 70% because of the ongoing roadworks outside their door.

It remained closed throughout January because the cost of opening its doors was more than the money in the till at the end of some days.

Earlier this month, owner Carol Dawson closed the doors for good.

She said: “Very sadly we did not make it.

“The street seems to be off everyone’s radar now, although the season has just begun. Even with our top position on Trip Advisor, it’s too little too late.

“Mentally and financially, it’s drained us.”

Carol thanked customers who had supported the cafe, which served traditional British food and had nostalgia items decorating the walls inside.