Owner of Sheffield café loved by Blades fans 'heartbroken' as business goes into liquidation

The owner of a Sheffield café popular with Blades fans, MPs and rock band Reverend and The Makers says he is ‘gutted’ after the business went into liquidation.

Saturday, 25th April 2020, 2:52 pm

Harland Café, on John Street, near Bramall Lane, was the city’s number one rated restaurant for ‘quick bites’ on TripAdvisor and was in the top five for breakfast and brunch.

But it was revealed on Friday that the business had gone into liquidation as businesses across the city continue to suffer during the coronavirus lockdown.

Owner Steve Bradley said it was a ‘sad day’ but ‘inevitable’ because of cashflow problems which could not be solved by Government emergency schemes to help small businesses.

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Steve and Sara Bradley at the Harland Café in Sheffield.

“It is all very well asking businesses to continue paying staff with help from the furlough scheme but there are so many other overheads like rent and untilities,” Steve said.

“Unfortunately it was inevitable we would have to close our doors.”

The café was a popular spot for fans heading to matches at nearby Bramall Lane and Steve says it was also frequented by Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield and members of Sheffield band Reverend and the Makers before they went on tour.

“We are heartbroken it has all come to an end after a brilliant nine years,” Steve added. “We have really enjoyed working in that part of the city and have made some lifelong friends.

“It was a vibrant business and we had a great relationship with major businesses like Sheffield United and Go Outdoors.”

Steve says he has already got a part-time job and said he was looking to the future as much as possible.

When the news was first revealed on Facebook on Friday it was met with dismay by customers.

One diner said: “All that work, all that incredible effort into making the Harland what it is. We're genuinely upset by this, as are many others as you can see from the comments.

“We truly hope you can bounce back in whatever way is best for you.”

Another said: “Absolutely gutted. You are our absolute favourite place for a veggie breakfast, an awesome coffee and the most friendly staff. Hope the future comes good for you.”