Staff in limbo as receivers appointed to Northern Ireland hotel
Staff at a Northern Ireland hotel were preparing to celebrate 41 years' trading when they were told on Tuesday that the business was being placed on the market.
The Curran Court Hotel and the La Bodega bar, both in Larne, are owned by Curran Court Hotel Ltd, which went into administration on Tuesday, the Larne Times newspaper reported.
A spokeswoman for administrators Ernst and Young told the Belfast Telegraph: "Andrew Dolliver and Luke Charleton were appointed administrative receivers on Tuesday over the Curran Court Hotel.
"It is business as usual as the administrative receivers review the operations."
The family-run business is owned by Crawford Leitch.
Curran Court, a 33-bedroom hotel on the Redlands Road, employs 65 staff.
The La Bodega bar, on Point Street in the town, employs six people.
A spokesperson for the Curran Court Hotel Ltd group said: "The first we knew about it was when the administrators came to the hotel reception to say that they were foreclosing on the building loan. We had no warning.
"It was such a shock because this is a good business that has been trading well.
"We were about to celebrate 41 years in business in Larne this August.
"The staff are our priority, but they are all devastated and in shock.
"The business is working under the administrators' power for 14 days, and then they will take a report back on its viability.
"We hope it will be sold as a going concern for the staff, some of whom have worked here since the beginning.
"As far as we are aware, payments to staff and suppliers are up to date.
"We have persuaded the administrators to honour vouchers which had already been sold for meals and hotel stays, which we are very happy about."
The spokesperson added that the running of the La Bodega bar was taken over by Curran Court Hotel Ltd, which already owned the building, approximately two years ago.