BAD Boys restaurant has closed its doors after more than two years trading on MacCurtain Street.
The barbecue restaurant had proved popular since it first opened in September 2015 but this week, the owner confirmed to the Evening Echo that the restaurant had ceased operating. He has not said why it closed down.
President of the Cork Business Association Philip Gillivan, the owner of the Shelbourne Bar on MacCurtain Street, said:
“It is unfortunate to see one of our traders close, for whatever their reasons are. We wish them well, the perception was that the place was busy," he said.
Bad Boys will continue to operate their barbecues and stands at festivals around Ireland. They had built up a considerable reputation for their burgers, pulled pork and more, ever before opening the restaurant.
“We wish them well in their outdoor business, which we know is very successful,” Mr Gillivan added.
Mr Gillivan said that, notwithstanding the closure, MacCurtain Street and its surrounding area was thriving economically.
“The Victorian Quarter is booming, particularly the nighttime economy,” he said. “It is sad to see someone go but all positive for the future.”
Bad Boys was one of many restaurants on the street. White Rabbit Bar and BBQ and Son of a Bun also catered to burger lovers, while other restaurants offer everything from tapas to traditional evening meals.
Mr Gillivan pointed to a number of new businesses doing well on the street, including the El-Door Bakery, which opened in October.
“We get all our baking for the Shelbourne from there. He is a Polish baker and is doing really well.”
The area will also benefit from the plans for a new 73-bed hotel on the corner of MacCurtain Street and York Street and the increased retail space offered by the redeveloped Thompson House.
“There is nearly an acre of space available there so that’s all positive for the future,” Mr Gillivan said. “Unfortunately in business, there are always places opening and closing, it is the nature of the beast.
“We don’t like to see any storefront going but there is loads more coming.”