Adelaide’s oldest licensed pub, the Edinburgh Castle, has shut its doors.
Owner Tony Bond blamed ongoing construction of an $80 million, 17-level student housing development next door, which has been blocking street access to the venue.
“What really killed us was the loss of the loading zone,” Bond told the Advertiser.
“It made it bloody hard to run the business when you had to roll kegs 100 metres down the road. We had delivery drivers saying they couldn’t drop off for the day because there was just nowhere to park. It was really tough to resupply.”
Last month Bond took to Facebook to vent his frustrations.
“Sorry if you can't get a park anywhere near our pub, sorry you can't drive down Gray Street, sorry if you can't do a delivery, sorry if we catch fire and you can't get out our fire exit because a digger is blocking it,” his post reads.
“Sorry if the Adelaide City Council sell all the car parks and loading zones anywhere near your business, sorry if the traffic management is a joke and sorry if they [sic] Adelaide City Council allow massive upgrade to gas pipes while all this is happening, sorry if a massive mulit-national [sic] Singapore based hedge/investment fund want to build a 17 level behemoth next to you, sorry if you can't park in any of our own on site car park, sorry if you expect any empathy from the Synergy Construct building company making millions upon millions while your little pokie free live music venue slowly dies.”
Bond told the Advertiser, “Developers and the Adelaide Council need to work harder to liaise with business owners.”
Last week Red Door Bakery and its sister site Croydon Social went into liquidation after years of surrounding infrastructure upgrades took a toll on their business.
Goodwood’s Boulangerie 113 also closed its doors this month. Its co-owner Bianca Heffernan told the Advertiser, the bakery “incurred too much loss from wholesale customers that closed their doors.”