Belfast's Holohans At The Barge Restaurant Announces Closure
According to The Belfast Telegraph, Belfast restaurant Holohans at the Barge has announced the closure of the venue.
The group is consolidating the restaurant into their existing Holohans Pantry, based close to Queen’s University.
Holohans At The Barge
Located on a converted barge in the River Lagan, the family-run business said the closure was a "tough loss" in a statement.
The restaurant cites "Covid, lease, insurance and other operational issues and a very uncertain future" as factors in the decision.
Operating for the last 8 years, the restaurant received praise for its food, atmosphere, and location, overlooking the river and Waterfront Hall.
“It would have been difficult enough to have to close a struggling restaurant, but to be forced to close such an iconic, successful and well-loved restaurant is devastating and really hard to bear,” they added in their statement.
The second Holohans restaurant at 43 University Road will continue trading, with the company saying the opening hours will be expanded.
The group added that they are "incredibly excited about the future of Holohans in Belfast."
The restaurant on University Road will have expanded opening hours, with employees from the barge restaurant to join the staff there.
The group promises to combine the "best features of both restaurants", and add a number of new features to the University Road location.
Customers with any gift vouchers for Holohans at the Barge have also been advised they will remain valid for use in the sister restaurant, or refunds can be applied for.