Paddy’s packs up but hopes to return
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.