Belfast restaurant Dog Track closes its doors after less than year in business
Belfast restaurant Dog Track has announced that it is closing its doors after less than a year in business.
The tapas-style restaurant on the Ormeau Avenue only opened in December 2017.
In an emotional post on their Facebook page it was announced that the eatery was closing with immediate effect.
The new premises was the second restaurant from the owners of the Barking Dog on Malone Road.
It was launched with £500,000 investment with the help of First Trust.
Dog Track seated 80 people and had a 'serving track', with food moving around on a conveyor in front of diners in a similar style to fast-food sushi restaurants.
It is understood around 20 members of staff worked at the premises.
Belfast Telegraph restaurant critic Joris Minnie said that Dog Track maintained high standards and he was sad to see it close.
“It’s never good news when a restaurant closes, particularly in an area of redevelopment such as the Linen Quarter," he said.
"Dog Track was innovative and exciting, its sushi train more than a gimmick and its service and food standards as high as the best. I’m sorry to learn of its closure but look forward to seeing the Michael O’Connor and Michael Fletcher double act popping up again soon.”
The restaurant announced the closure through social media.
"We overcame so many difficulties to get the restaurant open, building delays and problems, funding issues and some of the worst winter weather for years. We’ve worked as hard as we can, we’ve changed things and we’ve prayed, but we haven’t been able to make things work," their Facebook post read.
"Our staff have been just the best, working hard and keeping their chins up when the restaurant was quiet - They never gave less than 100% we hope they all get jobs sorted as quickly as possible and would ask any other restaurants looking amazing staff to please give them a chance."
The post said that things were particularly difficult in Belfast's hospitality industry at the minute.
"We know things are hard for anyone running any business, especially one in the hospitality, at the minute and we would urge the people of Belfast to get out and support locally owned businesses providing livelihoods to thousands across the city. Use them or lose them," it read.
"It is breaking our hearts that it has come to this, but we just cannot survive any longer and it is with great anguish that we’ve taken the decision to close.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped us along the way and to all the lovely customers we’ve had for their support. We aimed for the stars, but got lost in the clouds."
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