Popular Galway restaurant forced to close with decision 'out of their hands'

28/06/2022 23:30:00

Owner Floris Wagemakker, says the decision to close “had to be made” and felt it was “out of their hands” due to the current economic climate.

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Popular Galway city falafel and vegetarian restaurant The Gourmet Offensive has closed down due to the pandemic, and ongoing economic pressure.

Owner Floris Wagemakker, says the decision to close “had to be made” and felt it was “out of their hands” due to the current economic climate.

The much loved spot, which has been at Mary Street in the city centre for 7 years, started in 2005 as a stall at St Nicholas’ market, selling falafel and fresh salads.Owner Floris Wagemakker says the decision to close “had to be made” and felt it was “out of their hands” due to the current economic climate.

Read More: Irish pub charges 'outrageous' price and added fee 'dreadful' for GuinnessSpeaking to Galway Bay FM, Wagemakker said: "In the food business, you always want low margins but we, we've always used very high quality ingredients.”

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The much loved spot, which has been at Mary Street in the city centre for 7 years, started in 2005 as a stall at St Nicholas’ market, selling falafel and fresh salads. Owner Floris Wagemakker says the decision to close “had to be made” and felt it was “out of their hands” due to the current economic climate. “And people say, around the country, it’s the same – it’s not. Read More: Irish pub charges 'outrageous' price and added fee 'dreadful' for Guinness Speaking to Galway Bay FM, Wagemakker said: "In the food business, you always want low margins but we, we've always used very high quality ingredients. READ MORE:What makes Mick Fitzsimons tick as he bids for a record ninth All-Ireland SFC title Armagh’s Aidan Nugent also saw red, though extended panel member Kelly, whose fingers appeared to make contact with Comer’s eye in a separate incident wasn’t punished.” He pointed to inflation as one of the main reasons for the restaurant's closure. Admittedly, it was in response to a situation which developed – but we solved it, and I think Croke Park really have to get to grips with this. “It's becoming impossible to provide the same, the same products, the same quality. “Look it, fair play to the Armagh players and the Galway players who took the penalties, and the two ‘keepers, because it’s a pure lottery what happens.

” The closure comes as the hospitality industry faces challenges including rising raw material costs and surging energy bills, higher business rates, a tightening labour market and a dip in disposable income for customers who’d normally frequent pubs, hotels and restaurants. What are they contributing there anyway? “So, we really should have people sitting in a stand and have the manager and his selectors in the dressing-room with their players. “I didn’t see it, honest to God, I was on the far side of the pitch. READ NEXT : .