THE Waterfront pub restaurant ‘Hungry Horse’ in Southport, is to close, it has been announced.
Staff were reportedly left “very upset” after they were told by owners Greene King that the lease for the venue is due to expire.
It is hoped staff can be moved to nearby venues run by Greene King.
A spokesperson for the company said: “It is with great sadness that we have informed our team at The Waterfront in Southport that our lease at the pub is shortly coming to an end.
“We are working closely with our team to support them as much as possible as we enter a consultation period. Our number-one aim is to protect jobs where possible and we will explore opportunities for people to transfer to other pubs we run in the local area.
“We would like to thank all our customers and the community who have supported the pub over the years.”
The Waterfront eatery is part of the Huingry Hourse chain and is located inside the same building that used to house the Genting casino.
The whole property is owned by Bliss Investment Partners (BIP).
There has been speculation for years over the future of the building and it was reported last year how there was a proposal to demolish it and build a mixed use ‘European Plaza’ which would connect to, and complement, the neighbouring Bliss Hotel and the new £75million Lakeside Events Centre.