Birmingham’s Rofuto closes

13th January 2018


Des McDonald has closed his £3m izakaya-style rooftop restaurant Rofuto at the Park Regis Hotel in Birmingham. The Japanese restaurant, cocktail lounge and sake bar Kurabu, opened in April 2016 on the 16th floor of the hotel offering 360-degree views of the city’s skyline at more than 140 feet.


The restaurant has closed because of “inconsistency in the market and fluctuation in trading”.


According to its website: “For just short of two years we’ve been shaking up Birmingham’s culinary scene but, unfortunately, we have closed our doors for the final time.”


A Park Regis Hotel spokesman said: “The rooftop restaurant has proved tremendously popular later in the week and at weekends, while busy periods earlier in the week have only tended to come from less-frequent private and corporate bookings rather than individual groups. Inconsistency and fluctuation in trade at the start of the week makes planning difficult so hotel managers are looking to change the way the restaurant operates within the context of the whole business and its dining and conferencing offer.”