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New owners take over 27-year-old Deopham diner

PUBLISHED: 09:05 20 July 2011

Nick and Margaret Mitchell serve up a tasty plate of keys to new owner Craig Armitage

Nick and Margaret Mitchell serve up a tasty plate of keys to new owner Craig Armitage

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An American-style diner which has been welcoming customers for more than 25 years has been handed over to new owners.

Nick and Margaret Mitchell, who set-up Nick’s Diner in Deopham, near Wymondham, put their business on the market in February after deciding to retire.

Last week they were giving new owners –- husband and wife team Craig and Sara Armitage –- some pointers on running the successful restaurant, which they officially waved goodbye to on Sunday.

Mr Armitage, who lives in Deopham and has been a customer of the diner himself, said he does not intend to the change its name or menu.

“The diner will continue in the same vein as it has done for the past 27 years. We want to add some bits to it but because it’s been here so long and is well established the last thing we want to do is mess with it too much,” he said.

Mr Armitage, who formerly ran the White Lodge pub in Attleborough about 20 years ago and has since been working in the building trade, said new plans for the diner include extending its opening hours.

He added that he jumped at buying the restaurant, in Church Road, after reading about the sale in the Evening News.

“I always thought about going back to my roots and we said wouldn’t it be lovely if Nick’s Diner ever came up for sale and it did. I immediately ripped the article from the newspaper and showed my wife and the next day we went down there and started negotiations,” he said.

Mr and Mrs Mitchell have ambitions to move permanently to their second home in France.

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