A Belfast pizza and pasta restaurant has turn out to be the most recent institution to shut their doorways citing the rising price of doing enterprise.
ecent months of excessive inflation and cost-of-living will increase has seen scores of closures and in style Antrim Street Italian takeaway Casabella now mentioned they’re “pulling the plug”.
In a social media put up the restaurant – which specialises in “genuine” stone baked and hand rolled Pizza – mentioned the information was with “a heavy coronary heart”.
“It’s with nice disappointment that now we have to announce the closure of Casabella,” they wrote.
“As everybody will concentrate on the rising prices in meals, fuel and electrical we’re now not in a position to proceed in offering our nice meals.
“Over the previous variety of months it has turn out to be very tough in sourcing inventory and coping with the ever rising worth rises. And with a heavy coronary heart now we have needed to pull the plug.
“We need to thank all our wonderful prospects for his or her help over time and particularly to our regulars.
“On a private word I need to publicly thank our employees for his or her dedication and keenness for the work they’ve finished over time.
“Thanks all a lot.”
The information was greeted with disappointment by many on-line who hailed the restaurant for his or her tasty meals.
One native buyer mentioned: “Completely gutted for you all, greatest pizza in Eire. We can be sorry to see you go.”
One other added: “You will be missed throughout the neighborhood. I want to thank all of the employees, and it’s so unhappy to see certainly one of my favorite Italian meals locations now not locally.”
The newest closure comes after Hospitality Ulster’s Colin Neill mentioned he fears the business “hasn’t seen the worst” of the present cost-of-living disaster.
Final week he informed BBC Radio Ulster emergency motion is required and mentioned two or three companies are closing each week within the sector at current.
“We have now astronomical power prices, now we have elevated labour prices. There’s solely a lot you possibly can take in and solely a lot the client pays,” he mentioned.
“You could have 72,000 jobs relying on it. We have now seen the beginning of closures and I actually worry come autumn we’re going to see power prices go up once more and inflation is predicted to go up once more. We haven’t seen the worst of this but.
“We’d like instant motion, we’d like an emergency VAT minimize and want help for our power prices.”
Final weekend noticed the closure of a department of the favored Co Londonderry restaurant Moes Grill, which shut its eatery positioned in Magherafelt on the Castledawson Roundabout.
The Velveteen Rabbit Tearoom and Cafe in Newry introduced earlier this month that it has closed completely because of a “stunning rises in prices”, whereas final month, The Pink Door Tea Room in Ballintoy, Co Antrim confirmed it will be closing its doorways, as did south Belfast restaurant Bia Insurgent Ramen and Newcastle’s Copper Seafood and Grill.