An award-winning Newcastle restaurant has closed down amid financial troubles.
Pan Haggerty on Queen Street has long been an acclaimed eatery in the city but the restaurant has gone into liquidation and closed its doors to customers on February 16 with all members of staff made redundant with immediate effect.
The owners notified customers of the closure by placing a sign up in the restaurant window and on its website.
The statement reads: “Pan Haggerty Restaurant regrets to announce we are currently closed due to unforeseen circumstances, we will keep you updated.”
Mike Morley, who ran Pan Haggerty with Craig Potts, declined to comment further but did indicate that he hopes to be able to reopen the restaurant.
A meeting of creditors is due to take place on March 14 to discuss the winding up of the company.
David Broadbent, from Broadbents Business Recovery Services Limited, said: “I can confirm that the restaurant (Pan Haggerty) ceased trading on Sunday, February 16, 2014.
“A board meeting was subsequently held on Monday, February 17, 2014, at which my firm (Broadbents Business Recovery Services Limited) was instructed to assist the director with placing his company (DMC Restaurants Limited) into creditors voluntary liquidation – all staff members were immediately made redundant.
“Meetings of members and creditors have therefore been convened for the morning of March 14, 2014, with formal notice having already been issued to both – a report in relation to the company will be presented to those in attendance at the meetings, and circulated to all parties shortly thereafter.”
Mr Morley and Mr Potts opened Pan Haggerty at 21 Queen Street in October 2008 and in a short period of time their venue became a huge success. Less than two years later, the restaurant was added to the prestigious Michelin guide for 2010, joining just 14 other Newcastle hotels and restaurants to feature in the pages of that year’s Michelin guide.
This followed their success in February 2009, when it was awarded Best New Restaurant in the annual Gourmet Society’s North East Restaurant Awards.
Prior to Pan Haggerty, 21 Queen Street was home to Terry Laybourne’s Cafe 21 before it moved to its current location at Trinity Gardens.