Toast, the popular Bedford ‘speakeasy’ bar has announced it is closing.
In a statement on their Facebook page they confirmed a rumour that surfaced late yesterday afternoon saying: “It is with deep regret that the doors of Toast will no longer open… Toast Riverside will close with immediate effect.”
But in their final act, the owners asked anyone looking for “loyal, creative, highly trained, knowledgeable staff” to get in touch and help the Toast team find a new home.
Toast was felt by many to be an exciting concept and exactly what the £50million Riverside Bedford development had been designed for, a perfect addition that promotes itself as a buzzing new leisure destination in the heart of Bedford.
However, the site has failed to sell all its units with up to 60% still empty since it opened almost two years ago.
It has also been the victim of nationwide closures of chains such as Gourmet Burger Kitchen and MEXico.
Toast’s closure will be another blow.
The closure announcement continued: “It’s been a great journey and we have had nothing but positive feedback from all our customers who always enjoyed the Toast experience…
“It’s the end of the road for now but we save our last words to thanks all our wonderful, loyal staff and customers and hope the authorities act and learn from our experiences to provide better services that the amazing people of Bedford deserve.”
In a further update, Toast then dedicated a post to “the most wonderful team of energetic, forward thinking individuals”.
They urged anyone who is “looking for loyal, creative, highly trained, knowledgeable staff” to get in touch and help the Toast team find a new home. If you are looking for staff please send Toast a direct message via their Facebook page.
Editor’s Note: The Bedford Independent has spoken with Toast Director, Richard Hames about a number of issues he has raised about the lack of support for independent businesses in Bedford. We will be discussing this with him further in a future article.