Restaurant Owners in Clare are expressing concerns over the viability of their business amidst a significant surge in operating costs.
It comes as a new survey shows more than half of restauranteurs fear they’ll be forced to shut their doors for good this year.
Research carried out by the Restaurants Association of Ireland shows that 67% of restauranteurs fear closure over the next twelve months.
Energy bills are one of the biggest challenges facing restaurants this year, with some owners in Clare reporting increases to their regular bill of over 200%.
Co-Owner of Henry’s Bistro in Ennis Rony Barobhuia says they’ve already taken pay cuts to their own salaries to mitigate rising costs and are now considering further measures to keep their doors open.
He claims the surge in input cost is forcing the business to now consider reducing their operating hours.
Some stakeholders in the banner’s hospitality sector have criticised the effectiveness of Government Supports.
The Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme was extended in March, with the goal of providing firms who meet the eligibility criteria with relief on energy costs of up to 50%.
However, a Cafe Owner in Ennis town centre claims the scheme is not fit for purpose.
Frank Landy, who runs Sweet N Green, believes imminent closures are inevitable, if supports are not scaled up suitably.
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