Popular Chinese restaurant in Northampton closes

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A lauded chef has told customers of his Northampton town centre restaurant he is closing his business.

Felix Yu, who runs Felix Yu: The Restaurant in Castilian Street, revealed to several customers at the weekend that he would serve the last dishes on Saturday evening after seven years.

Businesses nearby said the restaurateur had been trying to sell the lease on the premises for some time.

It is not the first time Hong Kong-born Mr Yu, who ran the business with his wife, has left Castilian Street.

The 55-year-old stepped in as chef across the road at the then Imperial Oriental House in 1992, before later taking it over.

Mr Yu left to concentrate on his other restaurant in Woburn in 2003 and then assisted at another in London, before coming back to Northampton in 2008.

The latter eatery, the Dragon Castle, garnered high praise from such exacting critics Jay Rayner and Giles Coren and, just before he left the capital, was shortlisted in the the London Restaurant Awards.