Popular Co Louth restaurant blames shock closure on bank
A POPULAR Co Louth restaurant has suddenly shut its doors, blaming the bank for the shock closure.
The award-winning Fitzpatrick's Bar and Restaurant, located close to Carlingford, announced it had closed on Monday night by posting a statement on social media.
The owners claimed that "the Bank of Ireland have closed the business despite our best efforts to resolve the matter".
"The Fitzpatrick family would like to let our customers know that the Bank of Ireland have closed the business despite our best efforts to resolve the matter," they said.
"The bank have ended the jobs of loyal staff who have been with Fitzpatrick's for years.
"We would like to thank the staff for their loyalty and apologise for the way they are being treated by the bank.
"And also we apologise to all our loyal customers over the years and thank you all very much who have supported us over the past 25 years."
But last night the bank issued a statement, in which it revealed a receiver had been appointed to the business.
A spokesman for Bank of Ireland said: "Whilst we cannot comment on any individual customer account, Bank of Ireland works closely with any customer in difficulty to find a sustainable solution where possible.
"As a receiver has been appointed it would be inappropriate for us to comment further."
The restaurant and pub has been owned by Danny and Dymnpa Fitzpatrick since 1993. It has also won several culinary awards over the years, including Best Chowder in Ireland.
It is also hosted popular Christmas and Halloween themed events and was well known for its wildlife area and petting farm.
Thousands of people have expressed their sadness on social media following the shock closure.
One customer wrote: "This is is so sad. Fitzpatrick's is the best restaurant in the entire north east. People come from all over Ireland and abroad to visit it."
Another said: "The place has international recognition but has never lost its local roots. You have been so good to so many locals in times of need."