A MEXICAN restaurant is closing after two years in Blackburn.

Hugo’s Mexican Bar and Eatery bosses told customers on Facebook they are to shut the business by March 31.

The outlet, run by David Wilcock and Raychel Dullenty, expanded from a stall on Blackburn Market to a restaurant in Northgate but bosses admitted a few months ago they were struggling.

Mother-of-one Mrs Dullenty said: “Our biggest downfall was the cost of set-up at the restaurant. We spent a lot of money setting up our own place as opposed to at the market, where it was easier to run.

“We do have a lot of loyal customers but footfall is low because of the location. We also offer halal options, gluten free and vegan. We tried to do all we could to cater to everyone, but it just didn’t bring in new customers.

“When things have been on at King George’s Hall then many people will come in. But not enough people will otherwise walk this way.”

Mr Wilcock said: “Had I sat down properly and reviewed the plan objectively we would not have taken on the old Mercer's building.

“We had anticipated that around 80 per cent of our customers would follow us from the market but we lost around 50 per cent of our customers.

“Due to all the security issues on Northgate with the beggars and drug dealers and users we didn’t get much new passing trade.”

Both Mr Wilcock and Mrs Dullenty said they were extremely sad to see the business go but they have not ruled out opening some form of food outlet in the town.

And they said they were extremely grateful to loyal customers who have really rallied behind the business in recent months.

Mrs Dullenty said: “The reactions have all been positive. Some people said they will come every day now.

“I’m going to think about opening up somewhere again the near future, but I want some time out too.”