A SEAFOOD restaurant in Old Leigh has closed after running into financial difficulties.

Simply Seafood opened in July 2008 after its owners transformed a former cockle shed in the High Street.

The 24-seat restaurant initially did well but is said to have recently failed to negotiate its way through the current economic climate.

No one at the restaurant wished to comment yesterday (wed) but the reason for the closure was confirmed.

Former town councillor Mike Dolby, welcomed the new restaurant when it opened and said he was disappointed to hear of it’s sudden demise.

He said: “This is very sad but looking at the numbers of people walking in Leigh Broadway and other areas recently I can’t say I am surprised.