Curry Leaf Café blames competition from big chains as Brighton station kiosk closes

Posted On 26 Jan 2020 at 12:50 am

The Curry Leaf Café has blamed rising costs and competition from the big chains as it closed its Brighton station kiosk yesterday (Saturday 25 January) after four years.

The original Curry Leaf Café started almost six years ago – in April 2014 – and, in January 2016, the business opened its South Indian street food and craft beer kiosk at the station.

The kiosk also offered a range of hot drinks as well as Indian pastries, wraps and curries.

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But the owners said that market conditions were getting tougher while operating costs were going up.

Curry Leaf Café founder and commercial director Euan Sey said: “We’d just like to say a huge thanks to our managers Ellie and Aga and their brilliant team of baristas and wrap-rollers, who’ve together served more than 1.5 million people since we opened the kiosk four years ago – always with a smile, no matter how early the morning or long the day.

“We’d have loved to keep the operation going but sadly rising costs and increased competition from the large chains made continued trading at that location unsustainable.

“As ever, you’ll still be able to get your Curry Leaf Café fix at our two restaurants in the city, including our new-look cafe in The Lanes – and of course order our street food and curries for home delivery via Deliveroo.

“The restaurant and street food sides of the business have always been kept entirely separate and the two cafés are thriving despite the difficult climate faced by the casual dining sector.

“We now plan to turn our full focus on making them even more successful while exploring potential sites for our first Curry Leaf Café outside Brighton.”

  1. RJ Reply

    Sad to see this go…

  2. David Robson Reply

    Why is it everything Brighton stood for with it’s small independent shops and restaurants closing because of business rates why does our elected by the people council not step in and do something
    All we seem to see now is empty premises

    • Robin Hislop Reply

      The central government sets business rates, not the local authority. Contact your MP!

  3. Rosie Evans Reply

    Blaming the competition for closing down at the station, but planning to open a new one outside Brighton? Sounds very unfair to me although I have to say the quality of food had dropped throughout the years. They kept increasing prices, but serving low quality snacks.

  4. George Reply

    Sad to see this go. Staff was so nice and friendly, that was the only reason I kept going there for coffee.

  5. Rob Reply

    this is very sad! i often get a wriggle deal from here

    another view though..if they can’t afford it, how is the old taxi rank going to be commercially viable when they inevitable turn it into profit making eateries?

  6. Simon Heath Reply

    With the rates that are being charged for these sites it looks like all Brighton’s independence is being priced away.
    Brighton will soon look like every other city in the country.
    It’s sad to see.

  7. Shaz Reply

    Hopefully they build a McDonald’s or BK instead

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