The premises of a widely known seafood restaurant in Co Down have now gone in the marketplace for rent after its homeowners stated they had been closing till additional discover.
he Facebook web page of Copper Seafood & Grill in Newcastle final week stated the business couldn’t proceed to commerce below the present monetary local weather.
The final day of buying and selling was to be June 19, though the homeowners stated the closure was “a short sabbatical until things settle down.”
But the premises on the promenade have now gone up for rent by business property consultants Osborne King.
In a brochure, the agency described the premises as “formerly Copper”.
It added: “Our client is seeking to lease the fully fitted restaurant. Premium for the fixture and fittings and annual rent details on request. This is a ready-to-go licensed restaurant opportunity in the popular coastal town.”
In final week’s Facebook publish, the homeowners stated: “We would like to thank all our customers for their support over the years and our loyal staff who work tirelessly throughout what have been trying times.”
“This has not been an easy decision to make or one we have taken lightly. The constant rising overheads on a daily basis is hard to sustain. Recruiting the level of staff required to run the restaurant is virtually impossible.”
“Hospitality, along with so many other industries, is on its knees whilst our local government sit on their hands. Hopefully they take their head out of the sand very soon and find a solution before it’s too late.”
Trade physique Hospitality Ulster this week stated the cost-of-living disaster and labour shortages had been hitting the viability of the trade, with some companies having to make “difficult decisions” concerning the future.
As he addressed Hospitality Ulster’s AGM, chief government Colin Neill stated pressures on the trade had been mounting.
“Pulling down shutters for a part of the week as a result of lack of workers, reducing menu objects as a result of meals prices, or just ceasing buying and selling as a result of rising prices is going on throughout the trade and interventions are urgently required to stave off the worst impacts of those elements out of our management.
“The hope that 2022 would be the year of bounce-back for hospitality has been severely dashed as we bear the brunt of a workforce crisis while also contending with spiralling business costs and a Vat rate that is stifling progress.”
Osborne King has been requested for additional remark.