Flag protests forced closure – chef Rankin
One of Belfast's most famous restaurants has shut.
Celebrity chef Paul Rankin, who once owned a string of eateries across Ireland, blamed the continuing Union flag protests for his decision to close his restaurant, Cayenne.
"Location is key in the restaurant business, particularly at a time of economic downturn, and our current setting is no longer sustainable. The disturbances around the flag protest, particularly during the Christmas period, also confirmed our decision," he said.
Cayenne officially stopped trading on Sunday.
Paul Rankin is one of Northern Ireland's best known cooks. He won the country's first Michelin star when he and his Canadian wife, Jeanne, opened the fine-dining Roscoff Brasserie in 1989. Cayenne later replaced Roscoff at the same location on Shaftesbury Square.