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Cupola House, in Bury St Edmunds, to open as an authentic Japanese restaurant later this year

A landmark building in Bury St Edmunds with a chequered past has found a new tenant and will open as an authentic Japanese restaurant called Sakura later this year.

Cupola House, in The Traverse, has been let by property specialists Fleurets to a 'local restaurant operator'.

The Grade I listed property was built in 1693 but destroyed by fire in June 2012. It was rebuilt under the guidance of English Heritage.

Cupola House has been (8059585)
Cupola House has been (8059585)

Most recently it was operating as a Bourgee restaurant, but closed last spring less than a year after opening.

It was a Strada restaurant before the fire and in previous years had been a restaurant and pub.

Historically, the property has reputedly been linked to English author Daniel Defoe, who is reported to have visited Bury in 1704, having just served a prison sentence for the publication of Shortest Way with the Dissenters.

Gareth Hatton, of Fleurets, said: “The letting of such a significant building demonstrates there is still an appetite for independent operators looking to take on exciting new opportunities. I feel that the town will greatly benefit from such a restaurant.”

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