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Newcastle’s Copper Seafood & Grill restaurant to let after ‘short sabbatical’ announced

The premises of a well-known seafood restaurant in Co Down have now been rented out after its owners announced they would be closed until further notice.

he Facebook page for Copper Seafood & Grill in Newcastle last week said the business could not continue to trade in the current financial climate.

The last day of trading was due to be June 19, although the owners said the shutdown was “a short sabbatical until things calm down”.

But the premises on the promenade have now been let out through commercial property consultants Osborne King.

In a brochure, the firm describes the premises as “formerly Copper”.

He added: “Our client is looking to rent the fully equipped restaurant. Bonus for layout and details of annual rent on request. This is a ready-to-use licensed restaurant opportunity in the popular coastal town.

In last week’s Facebook post, the owners said: ‘We would like to thank all of our customers for their support over the years and our loyal staff who have worked tirelessly throughout these difficult times.

“It was not an easy decision to make or one that we took lightly. The constant increase in overhead costs on a daily basis is difficult to bear. Recruiting the level of staff required to run the restaurant is practically impossible.

“Hospitality, along with so many other industries, is on its knees as our local government sits on its hands. Let’s hope they get their heads out of the sand real quick and find a solution before it’s too much. late.

Trade body Hospitality Ulster said this week that the cost of living crisis and labor shortages were hitting the viability of the industry, with some businesses having to make ‘tough decisions’ for the future.

As he addressed the Hospitality Ulster AGM, chief executive Colin Neill said the pressures on the industry were mounting.

“Closing shutters for part of the week due to staff shortages, reducing menu items due to food cost, or simply stopping business due to rising costs is happening across the board. industry and interventions are urgently needed to avoid the worst impacts of these factors beyond our control.

“Hope that 2022 would be the year of the hospitality rebound has been severely dashed as we bear the brunt of a labor crisis while dealing with soaring business costs. and at a VAT rate that stifles progress.”

Osborne King was asked to comment further.

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