The owner of The Swizzle on South Shore in Warwick confirmed today that he has decided to “permanently cease operations” due to the “crippling effects of the COVID-19 virus and the subsequent contraction” of Bermuda’s economy “for many months to come”.

In a statement released earlier today, Jay Correia said he made the decision to close the business with “great regret”.

“It was clear that to continue on would only bring mounting debt month after month that the restaurant could not bear and therefore, to preclude any further losses, we have made the difficult choice to close down,” he said.

“We would like to thank our hard working team for all their contributions that allowed us to have the success we enjoyed over the past 14 years and we are indebted to them,” said Mr Correia.

“We will do our best to absorb as many of them as we can into the Swizzle Inn Bailey’s Bay team where we will be focusing all of our efforts.

“Please rest assured our staff are our most important asset and we will do all that is required of us to ensure they are properly looked after.

“Lastly, we want to thank all of the locals and visitors from around the world who supported us so well over the years.

“It was our privilege and honour to serve you and we hope to continue to do so at The Swizzle Inn Bailey’s Bay.”