An award-winning restaurant founded during the depths of the recession is to close at the end of the month.
Loves Restaurant, in Browning Street near Brindleyplace, was founded by husband and wife team Steve and Claire Love after they decided to move their restaurant from Warwickshire to Birmingham in 2009.
Within four months of launching, they had received three AA Rosettes and have since been listed in the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the UK for four years.
Chef-patron Mr Love said the couple had decided not to renew the lease of the building at the end of the six-year tenure and would now concentrate on Loves Consultancy which offers advice to independent restaurants on menus, kitchen design, front-of-house training and wine lists.
"Claire and I have had an enormously successful and really enjoyable time here in Birmingham," he said.
"However, there are so many things that we have going on and maintaining the restaurant in the city was going to be increasingly more difficult."
Wine expert Claire added: "We could work eight days a week just on the consultancy."
They said the decision would allow them to spend more time at home in Warwickshire with their family, including their two young children.
Another major reason prompting the decision was the announcement Mr Love has been chosen as part of the UK team for the internationally acclaimed Bocuse d'Or competition due to be held in France in January 2017.
He said: "This was one the factors Claire and I had to consider when looking to renew the lease in Birmingham.
"I will need to devote a great deal of time to preparing for this competition and felt this was best served being away from our own restaurant for a period of time."
But the couple plan a series of pop-up restaurants in Warwickshire after Loves closes and intend to reopen permanently in the county in the future.
It is understood a restaurateur is already interested in taking over the premises.