Dublin Castle closes its doors suddenly

The Dublin Castle Neighbourhood Grill in the old BC Pen gatehouse building has closed.

In a message on the restaurant's Facebook page, owner Chaya Katrensky said she was forced to shutter the doors July 1 when the Canada Revenue Agency took "action against the company."

She said her lawyers advised her she had no choice but to close.

Katrensky didn't return a phone call from the NewsLeader before deadline to provide further elaboration.

The CRA said it couldn't comment on specific cases.

Patrons of the restaurant were quick to post messages of support and sorrow to the Dublin Castle's Facebook page.

"I am truly sorry and devastated by this news," said Katie Marshall. "So many great meals and conversations."

"The patio was the best in New Westminster," said Nancy Kato of the popular Irish-themed restaurant with an outdoor patio offering an expansive view over the Fraser River. "Sorry to hear this."

At least two customers who were married at the restaurant also chimed in with their dismay.

"It was like having drinks with family when we came there," said Sarah Marie Heavenor, who was married at the restaurant three years ago.

"It will be missed," said Jaime Glavin, who tied the knot at the Dublin two years ago and has returned for her anniversary.

It's been a tough year for the Dublin Castle. In March the restaurant's former co-owner Fred Bilawey was charged with sexual assault. New West police allege the victim was responding to an ad posted on Craigslist looking for a waitress or bartender and put out a plea for other possible victims or witnesses to step forward.

Sgt. Diana McDaniel of the New West police said detectives have since interviewed a number of individuals and the investigation is ongoing. But Bilawey has already missed his scheduled court appearances to answer that charge and bench warrants have been issued for his arrest.

McDaniel confirmed in an email that Bilawey is no longer in Canada, but the department's major crime section had not advised her where he may now be living.

Katrensky said recently that Bilawey's connection to the Dublin ceased several months ago.


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