Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Hawthorne Restaurant at Fultons is shut down after not paying rent

The restaurant at former luxury furniture retailer Fultons in Belfast has closed due to non-payment of rent, administrators have said.

Hawthorne Restaurant at Fultons, run by Sylvia Fulton, shut its doors at Balmoral Plaza on the Boucher Road on Friday.

The restaurant was a separate business to Fultons Fine Furnishings Ltd, which was closed down by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) earlier this year when they failed to find a buyer for it.

The firm were appointed administrators exactly one year ago by the owners of the company.

A spokesman for PwC said the restaurant had rented space from Fultons Fine Furnishings Ltd but that the lease had been forfeited for non-payment of rent.

"The restaurant wasn't part of our portfolio as part of the administration but was a separate entity," he said.

"We put them on notice we were terminating the lease for non-payment of rent."

Fultons Fine Furnishings Ltd, well-known for its 60,000 sq ft exclusive showroom on the Boucher Road, has been a household name since it began trading in Lurgan half a century ago.

The closure of Hawthorne Restaurant at Fultons has come as a surprise to regular customers.

It is famed for its hearty Ulster cuisine.

No-one at Hawthorne Restaurant at Fultons could be reached yesterday for comment on the closure and any potential job losses.

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