Luke’s Place: Sheffield’s fine-dining restaurant, popular with Google reviewers and run by former Michelin-starred sous-chef to Tom Kerridge, closes

Luke’s Place on Infirmary Road, near Kelham Island, has been a hit with customers since it opened at the start of lockdown a few years ago.

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Luke’s Place has closed.

But owner Luke Reynolds, a former sous-chef to Tom Kerridge – a Michelin-starred TV chef – has announced the venue’s closure.

In a lengthy Instagram post, he said: “It is with a heavy heart that I will be closing the doors of Luke’s Place.

“I have personal obstacles and issues outside of work and I can’t continue to let it affect you. I have to be able to focus and give my 100% and honestly I can’t do that for you. timing, it’s been a test of time for me lately.

“I’ve always tried to be open and honest but I’ve been quiet here while I try to figure things out, I’m really devastated but this isn’t the end of it, it’s just on hiatus for now be.”

He added: “I’ve had such great support since opening day and met some really wonderful people on this short trip.

“I’m going to go through all the filings and make sure everyone gets them, please give me some time, it’s just me in the business and I’m juggling a few things in right now but I promise you will all be reimbursed I I have to reimburse people individually so it will take me some time.

“Thank you to all of you who believed in me, gave me that push, motivation, love and support, that’s why I chose Sheffield and that’s what makes you great . Take care and thank you.”

A number of customers have responded with messages of support.

One posted: “Sorry to hear this and I hope you are able to resolve the issues. I loved what you were doing and will be watching over your future endeavors.

Another added: “Lots of love to you, your menus are always read and look so interesting, I wish I was in your place next time. Good luck chef.

One contributor said: “You did a great job during the lockdown, be proud of your contribution!”

Another diner added: “So sorry to hear that, your restaurant was number one on my wish list.

“I look forward to having the chance to try your food in the future – wishing you all the best.”

The restaurant has averaged four out of five stars based on more than 30 Google reviews, with many praising the innovative food and “intimate setting”.

A number of people had helped get the restaurant off the ground by supporting an online fundraising campaign.

The Crowdfunder for equipment, crockery and “all the little bits needed to complete the restaurant” has raised over £1,000.

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