NI Michelin restaurant to close over flag protests

Tuesday 26 March 2013 22.18
The restaurant is closing over the ongoing union flag protests
The restaurant is closing over the ongoing union flag protests

Northern Ireland's first Michelin-starred restaurant is closing down, partly as a result of the ongoing union flag protests.

Cayenne, operated by celebrity TV chef Paul Rankin, stopped trading last Sunday.

Mr Rankin said the restaurant at Shaftesbury Square in Belfast, close to the loyalist Sandy Row area, had suffered as a result of the disturbances around the flag protest during the Christmas period.

He won the first Michelin star in Northern Ireland with the Roscoff Brasserie, which opened at the height of the Troubles in 1989 and became of Belfast's most popular restaurants.