Belfast Telegraph

Popular Belfast restaurant chain Bubbacue closes

By Emma Deighan

Barbecue restaurant chain Bubbacue has ceased trading at its two Belfast outlets.

It follows a creditors’ voluntary liquidation (CVL) notice.

The business, which opened its first restaurant in the city’s Callender Street in 2012 and opened a second Bubbacue in the heart of the Queen’s Quarter last summer, announced to its Facebook page it had closed at Monday lunchtime.

Regretfully, Bubbacue is now officially closed. We want to thank all of our amazing employees and customers for all of...

Posted by Bubbacue on Monday, July 16, 2018

It read: “Regretfully, Bubbacue is now officially closed. We want to thank all of our amazing employees and customers for all of their support over the years. It has been a pleasure serving slow smoked barbecue to Belfast.”

Multiple attempts to contact those behind the business have proved unsuccessful.

However a member of staff at its city centre restaurant told the Belfast Telegraph employees were informed the restaurants would close last Wednesday, and “as of that day staff weren’t given any prior notice”.

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It is believed that both restaurants jointly employ just over 35 staff members.

The news came as a surprise to its customers especially when, in November, the owners said the success of their newest restaurant on Botanic Avenue would see them grow the brand into the Republic of Ireland.

There were thousands of comments on social media expressing shock and questioning why?.

Its recent CVL, listed in the Belfast Telegraph on July 13, stated that a meeting of creditors will take place on July 24 at insolvency practitioners, Keenan CF, on Gloucester Street, Belfast, in a bid to outline the “terms on which the liquidators are to be remunerated”.

The business’ full creditors list is expected to be available at the offices on the 10th floor of Victoria House days prior to the meeting.

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