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Popular motor-themed diner and bowling alley in Sutterton put up for sale





A popular motor-themed family restaurant has announced it has been put up for sale.

The V-ATE American smokehouse in Sutterton has caught the imagination of customers both young and old with its quirky vehicle seating and mini bowling alley.

But after seven years, owners Victoria and Neil Burden, along with Victoria's parents, Bob and Lesley Wilding, have decided the time is right to move put the diner on the market.

Owners Neil and Victoria Burden with one of the Minis in V-ATE, in Sutterton
Owners Neil and Victoria Burden with one of the Minis in V-ATE, in Sutterton

However, the restaurant - which began its inception in Langrick, near Boston, before relocating to Sutterton four years ago - will remain open for business.

“The decision comes as the Burdens embark on a new chapter in their lives, relocating to a new home and focusing on other projects while ensuring V-ATE finds its ideal custodian to nurture its growth further,” a statement read.

“Since its inception in August 2017 in Langrick near Boston, V-ATE has been more than just a restaurant; it's been a labor of love and a testament to the family's passion for hospitality and Americana culture.

One of the amazing car conversions at V-ATE in Sutterton
One of the amazing car conversions at V-ATE in Sutterton

“Under the leadership of Victoria and Neil Burden, V-ATE evolved into a vibrant destination, culminating in the addition of Duckpin bowling lanes in February 2023, expanding its identity into a hospitality and leisure brand.

“Despite the decision to sell, the Burdens assure customers and the community that it's business as usual at V-ATE.

“The menu, staff, and day-to-day operations remain unchanged, reflecting the Burdens' confidence in their talented team and the enduring appeal of the V-ATE brand.

A Dallas Chicken burger, served at V-Ate at Sutterton
A Dallas Chicken burger, served at V-Ate at Sutterton

“Looking ahead, the Burdens envision a bright future for V-ATE, with opportunities for expansion, whether through franchising, new locations, or the reintroduction of breakfast offerings.

“They express their hope that the restaurant's next custodian shares their passion and commitment to the brand's ethos of creating memorable experiences for families and individuals alike.”

V-ATE is listed for sale with brokers Bruce and Co, with the owners saying they will be ‘ready to support the transition and eagerly anticipate seeing V-ATE continue to thrive under new leadership’.

Cars have been converted into this exciting new V-ATE restaurant in Sutterton
Cars have been converted into this exciting new V-ATE restaurant in Sutterton

The statement added: “The commitment to investing in people led to the successful qualification of five chefs, a front of house manager, and the nurturing of a digital marketing apprentice, underscoring V-ATE's dedication to its team's growth and development.

“As they bid farewell to V-ATE, Victoria and Neil Burden extend their deepest gratitude to their loyal customers, dedicated team, and the local community for their unwavering support throughout the years.

“Their legacy lives on in every aspect of the restaurant, from the iconic car tables to the warm hospitality that defines the V-ATE experience.”



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