There are concerns about the future of one of Penarth’s top restaurants – Pier 64 – today following reports by Wales on Line that the well-known business is to be placed in liquidation.
The restaurant is owned by former Wales footballer Craig Bellamy who earlier this week stood down as the boss of the Cardiff City Academy boss following allegations of “bullying” – allegations which Mr Bellamy strenuously denies.
The restaurant’s website says that the premises are closed for “planned refurbishment” and is due to open again “on 23rd January 2019.”
However the Cardiff insolvency firm Begbies Traynor has been quoted as saying said that Pier 64 Ltd – of which Mr Bellamy is the sole director – had, in fact, ceased trading on January 2nd .
Huw Powell and David Hill of Begbies Traynor in Cardiff have been appointed to assist with the process of placing the company into liquidation, which is due to occur on 14th January.
Pier 64 – which is built on piles extending out over the water in Penarth Marina’s Inner Basin – was originally opened by restaurateur Francis Dupuy in 2011.
Amongst its well-known customers were Prince Albert of Monaco and the Channel 4 TV property show presenter Phil Spencer.
The Penarth Marina Residents Association has informed its members that “the manager of Pier 64″ has said that “a new company has been formed which will operate Pier 64” and that the restaurant is due to re-open on January 23rd. This has not been confirmed by the liquidators.