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Britannia Arms in Aptos closes

Modified: Wednesday, Dec 12th, 2012

The long-standing Britannia Arms Pub & Restaurant, 8017 Soquel Drive in Aptos, recently closed its doors. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).

APTOS — After two years of struggling in a weak economy, the Aptos Village pub the Britannia Arms has closed its doors for good.

Since 1985, the English pub provided a welcoming space where patrons could enjoy a plate of hearty English fare — fish and chips, bangers and mash and a traditional “fry-up” served with backside bacon — just like any good London “caf” would, while enjoying a pint of beer.

But rent increases, ongoing maintenance to the building, which Britannia Arms was responsible for, coupled with decreased customer traffic, made it impossible for owner Andy Hewitt to continue.

“The rent was far too high for the current economy. We were struggling for two years to make it work,” Hewitt said. “We are victims of the economy.”

For the complete article see the 12-13-2012 issue.

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