New Plymouth's Breakers Cafe and Bar is to close with the loss of up to 20 jobs.
Staff were called to a meeting yesterday and told their jobs would be gone from June 20, when the premises would close to be redeveloped.
They were invited to apply for jobs at the attached RosieO'Grady's Bar, but it is unlikely that part of the business can offer positions to all those laid off.
The Taranaki Daily News understands that the new owners of the business are Karyn Grant and Kevin Gibson, who plan extensive renovations to the interior of the building before reopening in time for Christmas.
Breakers employees have not been invited to apply for jobs at the new business.
Yesterday Ms Grant refused to answer questions about the job losses and development, although she did indicate she would start talking after June 20.
Building owner Mike Eckdale also refused to comment about his new tenants and what was happening at the building.
Breakers national franchising manager Simon Withnall said he knew the business was about to change ownership but had no knowledge of the new owners' plans to rebrand.
"I don't know what that company's doing. It's up to them, they have the rights to use the trade name, and it's their business from next week onwards," he said.
Built in 1865, the Breakers establishment is one of the oldest buildings in New Plymouth. In its time it has held several different tenants from the State Hotel, to Cobb & Co to Burtons bar.
Steve Dixon is a Witt journalism student.
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