A Carnoustie landlord has promised to get a popular bistro back up and running as soon as possible following its sudden closure.
Andrew Young, owner of Barry Downs Caravan Park, expressed disappointment the bistro closed with immediate effect after the leaseholders ran into trouble paying the rent.
Mr Young – who has owned the caravan park for more than 12 years – had leased the bistro business within the grounds of the park.
The occupants had been in the premises since the spring of this year, and had seemingly been enjoying great success.
But a notice posted on The Bistro at Barry Downs social media page said that after a conversation with the owners the decision had been taken to close the venue immediately.
Speaking today Mr Young, 48, said there had been issues securing the last three months rent from the tenants.
Mr Young said he had given the occupants every opportunity to pay back the outstanding rents before terminating the lease.
He said: “I was disappointed that it came to this.
“There is currently a four-figure sum of rent outstanding since August.
“It’s been a horrible situation and I was keen to try to resolve it with the occupants.
“Unfortunately we also discovered there was an outstanding gas bill that had not been paid either.
“There was no option but to terminate the agreement as this was a complete breach of contract.
“I ate in the bistro under the previous occupants so I’m just as gutted as the customers that it’s come to this.
“We have already had notes of interests from other parties about getting the premises back up and running. It is our intentions to get the doors open as soon as possible.”
A spokesman for The Bistro at Barry Downs declined to comment.