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Saturday 20 September 2014

TV chef Paul Rankin forced to shut Belfast restaurant Cayenne because of Union flag protests and bleak economy

Loyalists take part in a protest in Sandy Row, south Belfast
Loyalists take part in a protest in Sandy Row, south Belfast
Riot police stand next to a burned out car after Loyalist protesters attacked police lines, in east Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 12, 2013. See PA story ULSTER Protests. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Riot police stand next to a burned out car after Loyalist protesters attacked police lines, in east Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 12, 2013. See PA story ULSTER Protests. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
PSNI issued more images of people they would like to question in connection to disturbances during protests
PSNI issued more images of people they would like to question in connection to disturbances during protests

Celebrity chef Paul Rankin has said weeks of flag protests and the economic downturn has led to the closure of his last remaining Belfast restaurant

Cayenne shut its doors on Sunday after some 24 years based in Belfast city centre.

Paul Rankin said that "disturbances around the flag protests" during the Christmas period had "confirmed" the decision to shut.

“We’ve enjoyed a very loyal and supportive relationship with our customers over all these years and hope that they will bear with us while we find the right location to reestablish our restaurant," he said.

“The lease at our current location has now come to an end and, given the change in the Shaftesbury Square area over the last number of years, it doesn’t make sense to undertake the necessary investment required to continue to operate there at this time.

"The once ‘golden mile’ of Belfast has suffered badly from a lack of regeneration and a general decline in popularity and appearance.

"Location is key in the restaurant business, particularly at a time of economic downturn, and our current setting is no longer sustainable.

"The disturbances around the flag protest, particularly during the Christmas period, also confirmed our decision."

 

 

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