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Bella Pasta / Bella Italia in Stafford to close

Discussion in 'Pubs and Eating Out' started by Darren, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. Darren Active Member

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    I have never eaten here but it is closing down on the 30th of June.
  2. tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    I have eaten there, and this news does not suprise me I'm afraid.
  3. proactive Well-Known Member

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    Food and service were awful when I last ate there, so no surprise at all.
  4. Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Is that not where Currys was, before they had the fire and moved further up the street on the other side, before eventually moving up to Madford....?
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    Good grief, how long ago was that???
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    Late '70s.
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    I don't remember that and I ought to if it was then...
  8. Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    This is it, pre-war, but it was still there when I came here in '74 and the fire wasn't long after that...

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    Reaching back in the memory cells and yes there was a fire! Regarding Bella Pasta, ate there once and once only; nuff said.....

    Sad another empty shop looming though.....
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    I'll not mourn its passing.
  11. Darren Active Member

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    Sounds like i should be happy i never ate there, but it is sad that another shop is closing, i remember the fire didn't Curry s after the fire move to were McDonalds is now wasn't it first a Cafe then curry's then McDonalds , i could be wrong but wasn't the cafe called Jenkins i was only young so properly completely wrong.
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    I think Curry's moved to where Clinton Cards is now, but can find no evidence of that period.. McDonalds was Court's furniture shop when I came here - I don't remember anybody else in the premises..
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    Clinton cards sounds about right, my mum worked there for a while.
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    I do remember it being a 'double-fronted' shop - a friend had one of those watches that had an infra-red TV remote control built in and used to stand in the door and turn all the tellies up to full blast...
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    I thought Currys moved twice before moving were it is now, first time because of the fire and then once more further up town on the right.
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    Dixon's was further up on the right - almost opposite the end of Stafford Street - where Ryman's is now, I think...?
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    Around a fortnight ago I was reading a newspaper column that noted Bella Italia had gone from 300+ branches at its peak, to around 80. My initial thought was, "Gosh, I wonder how the Stafford branch has managed to hang on".

    Sure enough, two days later the To let signs were up.

    Edit: Found it - Will Self in the New Statesman
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    I'd be surprised if it doesn't close, refurb and reopen as another eatery.
    Up until my last visit I'd never had a bad experience there.
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    Are you sure Maccys wasn't Bratt and Dykes when you first arrived? From what I can remember reading up about it, it was the first shop in town to have a lift. If it was Courts, it couldn't have lasted long there as Bratt & Dykes was built there mid to late '70s and then Maccys was there circa 1982ish.
    I do always remember Currys being where Clintons is, and Dixons being further down the road where Ryman's is because when I used to work at Top Man (now Burtons) I used to nip out at 4:45 on a Saturday afternoon and join the crowd of (mainly) men hogging the shop windows waiting for the vidi-printer to put up their footie teams scores on the rows upon rows of tellies displayed.
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    I came here in late '74 and don't remember ever seeing Bratt & Dyke's there - I am quietly confident that it was Court's between their time and the arrival of McDonalds, before they moved to the corner of Eastgate and Malt Mill Lane..

    ..though, I can find no evidence on-line..

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