A WELL-KNOWN restaurant and catering business has been put up for sale.
But bosses at Elland-based Bertie’s Banqueting Rooms are confident they can find a buyer for the restaurant and catering business.
And they have pledged that all events booked at the restaurant will go ahead.
They include an evening with former footballers Neil Ruddock and Bryan Robson, which is due to take place on June 21 and a charity ball billed for July 6.
There have been rumours circulating about the future of the well-established business for some weeks.
But a spokesman for the firm said it was hoped everything would be resolved later this month.
“The business has been put up for sale and we have had a number of inquiries from interested parties.
“We hope the matter will be resolved by June 19.
“We are hoping to sell the business as a going concern and certainly we plan to honour all the events and functions that are booked in.”
Bertie’s has been a popular venue for black-tie dinners, charity balls, prom nights, weddings and business events for many years.
Businessman Brett Woodward launched its forerunner, Bertie’s Bistro, more than 30 years ago following a return to his Yorkshire roots from London, where he worked at the Savoy Hotel.
Bertie’s Banqueting Rooms opened its doors at Brook Street, Elland, in 1988.
Mr Woodward was joined in 2008 by long-standing business associate Nigel Denham.
Over the years Bertie’s Banqueting Rooms developed three spectacular banqueting rooms – the Crystal Ballroom, the Rennie Mackintosh Room and the Number One Brook Street Room.
Bertie’s also built up a successful outside catering division.
The Crystal Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 275 people, boasts over £100,000 of crystal chandeliers, a raised terrace and a balcony as well as bar, cloakroom and flexible staging and dance floor areas.
The Rennie Mackintosh Room, accommodating up to 100, is mainly used for weddings and seminars while Number One Brook Street is aimed at informal dinners and business meetings for up to 100 people.