Successful cafe shuts down over 'exorbitant' rent
Published 04/02/2010 | 05:00
A LEADING restaurant has blamed exorbitant rental costs for forcing it to shut, with the loss of 60 jobs.
The closure of well-known Italian cafe Carluccio's, on Dublin's Dawson Street, came just as industry body Retail Ireland demanded Government action to reduce business rents.
Staff were informed that Carluccio's will only reopen if an attempt to renegotiate the rent proves successful.
Retail Ireland's director, Torlach Denihan, warned: "Landlords are not doing enough to cut rents, and the Government has yet to take action to reduce this cost burden."
Carluccio's Ireland, which is a franchise of the Carluccio's chain of cafes, currently serves more than 5,000 customers a week at the Dawson Street outlet.
A spokesman said he believes the food outlet would be a viable business if the rent issue can be resolved.
More than 30,000 people lost their jobs in the struggling retail sector last year.