Andrew Cohen, owner of the highly rated Amelie and Friends in Chichester, said he was devastated the restaurant was to cease trading following a downturn in trade.
Very sad, but restaurants come & go…
Mr Cohen said: “Ten days ago we were delighted with the restaurant. It was popular, profitable and getting good reviews. We were very positive about the future, we had our best-ever month’s trade in June.
“But as soon as the vote result was announced, the number of bookings reduced to less than half the level we would expect at this time of year.
“We do not know how long the Brexit effect will last for, but because it was time to renew our five-year lease, we had to make a judgement about the future and take a very quick decision.
“We see tough times ahead and know that we will not be able to make a profit, so we had no option but to close.”
Business is bad because of Brexit? Well, it can’t just be affecting this one, can it?
But restaurant owners in Brighton said it was too soon to say whether the referendum result had impacted business, saying the poor weather had had a greater effect on customer numbers than the vote.
Lee Keeler, of LangeLee’s in York Place, added: “June can be a quiet month but we haven’t seen any change because of what happened. Actually we’ve had more booking recently.
“I don’t see how people can use Brexit as an excuse.”
Because the papers print it, Lee. It’s called ‘confirmation bias’.