Well, It’s A Cracking Excuse…

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’.

6 comments for “Well, It’s A Cracking Excuse…

  1. Lord T
    July 15, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Another idiot shoots himself in the foot. Hope it cost him a lot of cash.

  2. Justin
    July 15, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    What a load of crap. It’s always busy in all the places I go to eat or drink. Apart from Efes (Turkish), although that’s probably just the days I go – it’s busy, too, when I’ve walked past.

    And 10 days ago they were probably still catching the end of the Goodwood trade. Which they’ll get again this month with the horse racing. And next month with Revival et al.

    Never been to Amelie & Friends, but the menu looks good, if a bit pricey. What with Brexit, I’ll probably have to go to Wetherspoons now [sad face]. Although – the Tuesday steak club there is excellent value (£8 for steak meal and a pint).

  3. Stonyground
    July 15, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Commenters at Samizdata were saying straight away that Brexit would become the new Thatcher, the thing that everything bad would be blamed on. The BBC breakfast news featured some guy who was blaming an increase in his travel insurance on Brexit.

    • July 24, 2016 at 7:19 am

      Yup! It might even overtake ‘global warming’!

  4. Joe Public
    July 16, 2016 at 10:49 am

    At least the current trend of making Brexit the fall guy takes the heat off Global Warming.

    • July 24, 2016 at 7:19 am

      I’m sure it will rally now we’ve had a few days of hot weather (or ‘summer’ as we call it)…

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