Loved Italian restaurant announces shock closure after more than 20 years

Zucca Bistro Pizzeria in East Kilbride took to social media to reveal the sad news on Monday, July 8.

In the post, the eatery said it was with ‘deep sadness and a heavy heart’ that they were announcing its immediate closure from today.

The food joint has served the community for more than two decades.

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The restaurant revealed the decision to shut its door follows several challenges including Covid-19 and the ‘deterioration of the town centre’. 

Announcing the gutting news, the venue thanked all its customers and said it has been an ‘absolute privilege’ to serve them.

In the post, the eatery said: “It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the closure of Zucca Bistro from today (Monday, July 8), a cherished establishment that has served our community for over 20 years.

“This decision has not come lightly, and it is one that we make with profound sorrow.

“For the past four years, we have battled tirelessly to keep our doors open in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The economic challenges we faced have been overwhelming.

“The deterioration of the town centre and the lack of footfall have placed an unbearable strain on our business.

“The news of the town centre being put into administration and the closure of Centre West added to these challenges.

“Despite our best efforts, these obstacles have taken an insurmountable toll on our business.

“Our staff has always been the heart and soul of Zucca Bistro.

“We have fought valiantly to protect their jobs and provide them with stability. We have personally risked so much in our attempt to keep them employed for as long as possible.

“Their dedication and hard work have been the cornerstone of our success, and we want them to know how deeply we appreciate their unwavering commitment during these tough times.

“On a personal level, the closure of Zucca Bistro marks a profoundly difficult chapter in our lives.

“This restaurant has been more than just a business to us—it has been our passion, our dream, and a significant part of our lives.

“We have poured our hearts, souls, and countless hours into making Zucca Bistro a place of warmth and community.

“The impact of its closure is deeply emotional.

“To our cherished customers, we extend our heartfelt gratitude. Your loyalty and friendship have been the driving force behind our efforts.

“Serving you has been an absolute privilege, and we are profoundly grateful for the support and camaraderie we have experienced over the years.

“You have made Zucca Bistro a place of warmth and community, and we cannot thank you enough for standing by us.

“As we close this chapter, we are redirecting our focus to Zucca Village Restaurant.

“We hope that the spirit and legacy of Zucca Bistro will continue to thrive there. We remain committed to serving you and our community with the same dedication and passion.

“Thank you to our staff, past and present, our suppliers, and most importantly, our family of customers.

“We are deeply sorry for letting you down, but we are forever grateful for the memories and the support you have given us.

“With heartfelt gratitude,

“Zucca Bistro.”

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Following the devastating news, heartbroken punters took to the comments of the post to share their sadness. 

One said: “So sad to hear this, I have enjoyed many delicious meals here.”

Another chimed: “Absolute tragedy.

“Good luck for the future.”

A third added: “Totally shocked to hear this. Such a great place to eat, my kids loved getting the pizza and pasta regularly. Best of luck to all employees going forward.”

Meanwhile, a fourth said: “Absolutely gutted.

“Been a loyal customer for those 20 years and privileged to call many of the staff past and present, friends.”

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