Talks are set to begin to get a closed town centre park café back up and running “as soon as possible.”

The Queens Park Café, based at the town centre park of the same name off Spa Road, surprised customers and staff alike after its operator, Deep Beat Entertainment Ltd went into administration.

The café closed last week, but Bolton Council cabinet member for the environment Cllr Richard Silvester says he hopes it will be up and running again soon.

Cllr Silvester said: “Council officers briefed me in my executive portfolio role responsible for parks, last week that unfortunately the company which ran Queens Park café had gone into administration and the café had to close.

“I have used the café regularly over the years as a local resident living across the road from Queens Park and as the ward councillor, and it was always very popular and they gave a great service and were always very friendly.

The Bolton News: A note was left on the shutters explaining that the operators had gone into administrationA note was left on the shutters explaining that the operators had gone into administration (Image: Newsquest)

“So I am personally gutted as to what has occurred and I hope those staff who worked for Deep Beat Entertainment Ltd will find other work quickly.

“My officers will now open talks with other organisations and businesses who are interested in running the café and taking on the lease, so there will now be a process for them to follow but I am hopeful that they will find a new tenant so that the café can be up and running as soon as possible.”

The café had first opened in 2017 after £20,000 building refurbishment work but on Monday February 26 this year regular customers were surprised when they arrived to find it shuttered.

The Bolton News: The café currently stands empty The café currently stands empty (Image: Newsquest)

A note had been left on the shutters saying the café would no longer be operating.

But Cllr Silvester, who also represents the Queens Park and Central ward on Bolton Council, says there has already been interest expressed from new operators.

He said: “I am informed that there is interest but it is early days at the moment but most certainly, the café, meeting room and toilet/baby changing facilities are a real asset to the park so that is why I gave the go ahead for my officers to start the process to find a new tenant immediately.”

The closure last week was a hard felt blow to regular customers and the former operators have since thanked the community in Bolton for being so welcoming to them over the years.

A spokesperson for the management team said: “Bolton is one of the cafes that is ceasing to trade since Deep Beat Entertainment went into administration.”

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She added: “This is really upsetting for us and for the team there, they were a very loyal team and we want to send our thanks to them.

“We’d like to thank our loyal customers as well, we’ve had our loyal dog walking customers who have been here every day and have supported us throughout the years.

“We saw varying levels of trade at the Bolton café which is why the site wasn’t viable but they have always been there for us.

“Special thanks as well to the Bolton community at large, they always made us feel welcome.”