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Foret des amis closure

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Posted on Saturday, 17 July, 2004 - 11:07 am:   

can some one confirm on this imminent closure
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Posted on Saturday, 17 July, 2004 - 05:09 pm:   

We had lunch there today. I asked the owner about this rumour expecting him to dismiss it, but instead, he confirmed that their last day is actually tomorrow.

The lease has been sold to someone who is turning it into an "Oriental Brasserie". (Clearly their competitor research failed to show up the fact that Forest Hill already has some similar establishments).

Although my feelings on Foret des Amis and its varying standards, have been mixed, I have admired their efforts in the last few years to make the business work, and I know that they do have a small but enthusiastic following. Lunch today was excellent.

The owner said he felt he had earned a holiday and wanted a change but I think that perhaps it was that despite every effort, the restaurant never appeared to generate enough business to survive.

Although we have the excellent carpet shop and electrical shop in that area, why can't any other good business seem to survive in a corner that would be full of little boutiques, brasseries and coffee shops if it were in North London?

All in all, I am sorry to see them go.
Nolan the Hamster
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Posted on Sunday, 18 July, 2004 - 07:58 pm:   

The south circular noise and lack of accessible free parking I'm sure play a part. It's relatively tucked away too. Quite simply IMHO there's just too much traffic going through Forest Hill for people to stop and care about it.
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Posted on Sunday, 25 July, 2004 - 12:29 pm:   

no parking
dirty streets neglected by council
run down feel to streets

doesn't encourage business i am afraid.
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Posted on Monday, 26 July, 2004 - 09:51 am:   


Are you an estate agent from Dulwich?
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Posted on Monday, 26 July, 2004 - 10:12 am:   

Parthian, your comments are all well and good, but you at least need to make suggestions on how things can be changed.
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Posted on Monday, 26 July, 2004 - 10:32 am:   

I'd also like to point out that the hundreds of people who moved to East Dulwich in the hope of seeing the East London Line are now wishing they'd moved to Forest Hill.

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