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.