The owners of a popular bar and restaurant have been forced to dispel rumours that the business is up for sale after the building that the venue runs from has been spotted on estate agency sites. 

Cookfella's, who has built a name for themselves in Guisborough since moving there in 2012, have had to issue a statement correcting some of the misunderstanding surrounding the future of the venue. 

Despite moving buildings twice previously, questions about the future of the restaurant started to build after regular customers saw the venue on Westgate up for sale online. 

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But owners Wayne and Helen have now quashed these rumours by issuing a statement - highlighting that it might change who owns the building - but Cookfella's has no plans to close down.

The statement, which appeared online, read: "We would like to clear up any rumours or misunderstandings around the fact that our landlord has put the ‘building” on the market

"This is a perfectly normal thing to do in the property investment business.

"It does NOT affect OUR business inside the building, it merely changes who we pay our rent to.

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"We have a long lease & have no intention of going anywhere else.

"Why would we?! We love where we are, what we do, who we do it with and who we serve it to."

The statement came as some relief to regulars, who quickly responded to the statement with gratitude for the owners, with one person saying: "I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have this restaurant to go to."

The statement from the owners of Cookfella's added: "Looking forward to welcoming you to our wonderful business soon.

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"We will be shortly releasing our festive season opening times & our jingle season specials. The now legendary Jingle Burger and its big brother the BAD SANTA will be coming very soon.

"Why not pop in for a cold beer, hand-crafted cocktail or bite of tapas in the Wine Bar which is also dog friendly! Or come through to the Eatery for some fresh fun food!

"We would appreciate your support in sharing this post far and wide to clear up any wrong assumptions & ensure that people continue to come to see us."