Iconic Sheffield restaurant Damon's CLOSES for good

A popular Sheffield restaurant earmarked for closure last month has now shut for good, it has been confirmed.

Friday, 29th November 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Friday, 29th November 2019, 11:50 am

Damon’s American diner, on Sevenairs Road in Beighton, last opened for business on Sunday after trading for nearly 30 years.

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The restaurant – with a menu featuring big breakfasts, hefty steaks, ‘express lunches’ and more – was known for offering guests a free meal on their birthday.

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The restaurant became famed for its American dishes.

Its closure, with the loss of dozens of jobs, means Damon’s has one remaining eatery, in Lincoln, which has a hotel attached.

A member of staff at the firm’s head office confirmed the Sheffield site had shut on November 24.

The building has already been bought by JD Wetherspoon for a new bar, and planning permission has been granted for a drive-thru Taco Bell Mexican takeaway at the same location.

In a message to diners in October, Damon’s said: “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart to announce that we will be closing our Sheffield restaurant.

Damon's has closed its doors.

“We appreciate how difficult this news is for all our staff and customers. We would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to all our team members and management, past and present, for their excellent hard work over the last 25 years.

“Finally, a big thank you to the local community and all of our patrons for their loyal custom over the years.”

At the time, staff member Katie Kirk said: “We’re going to miss so much about this place. Heart broke. I met my husband here and can’t begin to imagine my life without it.”

Sheffield councillor Chris Rosling-Josephs, who sits on the city’s planning board which granted permission to turn the premises into a pub, previously said he was ‘absolutely furious’ at the way the move was handled.

The site has been bought by pub chain Wetherspoons.

“They should have been honest and said we can’t make it pay and we have to sell it,” he said.

“There was nothing said at planning about selling the business, the report said they wanted to increase the viability of Damon’s and make it more profitable and sustainable. There was nothing about making it saleable.”