Blue Lagoon, the oldest restaurant in Darlington, will close its doors for the final time later this year, it has been confirmed.
The restaurant, which is situated on Grange Road, was initially set to close at the end of January 2017, though a decision was made to keep the restaurant open “indefinitely”.
Andrew Scullion, a former employee and long-term friend of the restaurant, revealed the Blue Lagoon will close on Saturday, September 9th, 2017.
The restaurant is closing due to the current owners, Chris and Peter Kattou, retiring. They said: “It’s time to retire and although we are looking forward to putting our feet up, we still miss miss the restaurant.
“We’ve put years in to making it the place it is and we’d like to say good luck to the next people.
A very young Chris Peter & Chris!
Posted by Andrew Scullion on Friday, 9 September 2016
Posting on Facebook, Scullion said: “I started work at Blue Lagoon as a little 15-year-old about to start catering college in 1978.
“After many days and nights of sweat, tears, card games, rows, laughs and good times, I have just eaten what will probably be my last ever moussaka before the doors close forever on the 9th September. Sad.”
Blue Lagoon was first opened by Andreas Kattou in 1961, before his sons, Chris and Peter, took over the ownership in 1987. You can find out more about the Blue Lagoon and its history on the Facebook page.