Crab Shack at Gorey to close this October

Crab Shack restaurant at Gorey Picture: ROB CURRIE. (36651660)

A HOSPITALITY business has said it will ‘continue to invest in the Island’ after confirming that one of its restaurants is to close next month.

The Crab Shack at Gorey will shut on 15 October as JP Restaurants reaches the end of the lease for the site where it has traded since 2005.

Formerly the Castle Green pub, the restaurant was rebranded in 2013 and until recently was one of three Crab Shack venues, with others at St Brelade’s Bay and in Market Street, St Helier.

The St Helier site was sold earlier this summer, with the company saying that lower footfall in town had adversely affected trade.

Explaining the background to the Gorey closure, JP Restaurants chief executive Dominic Jones said: ‘The lease has come to an end, and the site would need investment, so we decided to focus elsewhere.

‘We are constantly looking out for other opportunities – there are no concrete plans at present and the market is not the easiest, but we are adapting all the time and will continue to evolve.

‘We will continue to invest in the Island and adapt as we have done over 75 years serving customers in Jersey.’

The move will leave the family-owned company operating three restaurants – the Crab Shack and adjacent Oyster Box in St Brelade, and Banjo in St Helier – and six Café Ubé outlets.

Mr Jones said no job losses or redundancies would result from next month’s closure.

The Crab Shack site is owned by Randalls. Managing director Gavin Reid said the company had no comment on the potential future of the site.