Paddy’s packs up but hopes to re­turn

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THERE’S trou­ble brew­ing in Port Dou­glas’ beloved Ir­ish pub.

Paddy’s has closed down as a re­sult of the fi­nan­cial hard­ship faced in Dar­win.

Al­most a dozen staff from the pub are now unem­ployed and were told by head of­fice to find work else­where un­til the fu­ture of Paddy’s is con­firmed.

Paddy’s man­ager Steve Tay­lor is dis­ap­pointed about the clo­sure of his pub and is hop­ing to re­open the doors to lo­cals.

“We are still try­ing to find out what’s go­ing on - at the mo­ment we know that the head of­fice in Ade­laide is fac­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty which is af­fect­ing all their busi­nesses in Dar­win and in Port Dou­glas,” he said.

“We have all been ad­vised to close down un­til fur­ther no­tice.

“We weren’t given much no­ticed but we had heard through the grapevine that things in Dar­win weren’t good, par­tic­u­larly last year. As a re­sult of that the com­pany that is the lease holder who we work for has gone into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“We are all un­sure what is go­ing to hap­pen, I be­lieve they are look­ing for new own­ers.”

Since the day the lo­cal pub closed down Mr Tay­lor has re­ceived end­less phone calls, Face­book mes­sages and texts from lo­cals want­ing to know when the next trivia night is on.

“It’s frus­tra­tion for us all, but es­pe­cially frus­trat­ing for me per­son­ally be­cause Paddy’s was go­ing rea­son­ably well and it was be­com­ing a firm favourite with a lot of the lo­cals,” Mr Tay­lor said.

“I think it is be­cause we were start­ing to do some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to the other pubs in town, so it is a shame that the ef­fects from Dar­win have rolled over onto us.”

Mr Tay­lor would like to thank all of the lo­cals for their sup­port.

“We made a lot of friends and hope­fully we can open the doors soon and con­tinue do­ing what we do best,” he said.

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