Derry is fast becoming the City of Closures, with the news that four local businesses have shut their doors in the last number of days.
Becketts Bar in Foyle Street is the latest victim of the recession. The bar, viewed by many regulars as an institution and favoured as the best spot for a pint before the bus, closed down at the weekend to the dismay of many regulars. The bar was a popular venue for live music and indeed hosted many of the city’s Jazz Festival events.
The Central Bar on the Strand Road, pulled down its shutters for the last time early last week. The famed pub, one of the oldest and best loved in the city, is famed for its century-old interiors, snugs and antique features. It was damaged several times during the Troubles and had shrapnel from an explosion still embedded in the wall above the bar. It survived 30 years of Troubles, but it seems the recession finally brought one of Derry’s finest treasures it to its knees.
Mange 2 restaurant on the Waterfront closed on October 5th. The restaurant, which was famed across Ireland for its fine dining and sumptuous interiors, was listed in Trip Advisor’s top 10 restaurants in Derry. A sign on the window of the empty restaurant now reads For Sale or To Let.
The Greedy pig in Castle Street, famous the city over for its great sandwiches, coffee and warm atmosphere closed on October 3rd. The café owner posted the sad news on Facebook, thanking people for their custom and the great memories.
In recent weeks and months Café Louis at the Richmond Centre, the Bayleaf Restaurant in Clarendon Street have also closed down.