We needed to shut doorways on our dream enterprise and begin careers from scratch – skyrocketing payments left us with no alternative

IRISH restaurant homeowners Linda and Gary Boyle have advised how they needed to shut the doorways on their ‘dream’ enterprise and begin their careers from scratch – attributable to skyrocketing payments.

The Donegal-based couple just lately shut the doorways on Fusion Bistro, in Killybegs after they grew to become nervous heating, meals and petrol prices would plunge the household into vital debt.


Linda and Gary Boyle have advised how they needed to shut the doorways on their ‘dream’ enterpriseCredit score: RTE
The couple were forced to give up their food truck just months after closing the doors of their restaurant


The couple have been pressured to surrender their meals truck simply months after closing the doorways of their restaurant

The hard-working duo then tried their hand at a meals truck enterprise – however after a ‘disheartening’ summer time of poor climate and an absence of holiday makers, they have been pressured to surrender and search jobs elsewhere.

Gary stated: “Since we reopened the restaurant in October of final 12 months, cooking oil has elevated 50 per cent, rooster 90 per cent, lamb 80 per cent, beef 70 per cent.”

He added: “There was I believe a 78 per cent enhance in dairy produce throughout the board. If one ingredient of your dish will increase you would possibly take in that value a bit of, however if you happen to’ve ten gadgets to make a dish and each one will increase, it’s a must to cross it on.”

Linda stated: “The choice to shut the restaurant wasn’t one thing that occurred in a single day. It was most likely a build-up over quite a few weeks and limitless discussions and heartache, tears.

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“Nevertheless it simply got here to the purpose the place we have been attempting to do a brand new menu and it was always attempting to gauge what you can cost and it simply grew to become an excessive amount of.

“We may have tried to maintain going with the restaurant. Then you definately’ve the concern of do you find yourself in a whole lot of debt? And we’ve got our household to consider, we’ve our home to consider.”

After closing the doorways on their restaurant, the couple opened a meals truck close to the picturesque Sliabh Liag sea cliffs in Donegal.

However a downturn in tourism attributable to the price of gasoline, in addition to dangerous climate, led to the troublesome determination to shut the household enterprise all collectively.

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Linda stated: “We determined just a few weeks in the past, after one other disheartening weekend, of throwing out meals, that it was time to maneuver on, so we’ve put the truck on the market, and I’ll be unhappy to see it go.

“It’s the ultimate nail within the coffin, but it surely’s time to start out once more and transfer on.”

Now, Linda has gone again to the earlier job she held earlier than opening a household enterprise, whereas Gary has retrained as an accountancy assistant.

He stated: “We have been planning on doing the meals truck for the entire summer time however I used to be fortunate a job got here up and I obtained an accounts assistant job at a stones work.

“I’m beginning at entry stage and I’m working my method up, it’s going to take some time however I’ll get there.”

Gary and Linda opened up about their heartbreaking enterprise determination on the brand new RTE sequence Broke which tells the story of Irish households doing their greatest to outlive the present value of residing disaster.


Elsewhere within the documentary, Galway couple Patriciza and Ryszard Cichocka admit they’re attempting to encourage their son Cyprian, 22, to to migrate and arrange life overseas.

The couple, who’ve seen their lease nearly double since 2017, are strongly contemplating leaving Eire too as they battle to remain afloat financially.

Mum Patriciza, stated: “I strongly advise Cyprian to depart Eire and it’s a really unhappy factor to say.

“I don’t need to be taken wrongly, we love Eire but it surely’s not a spot for younger individuals to start out their life and their careers, they’ll’t deal with these excessive costs.

“We now have issues we love about Eire and we made the choice to depart our nation and we discovered Eire dwelling, and now we face the choice to depart this place as a result of life is simply too costly.”

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The doc comes as a brand new report from the Small Corporations Affiliation reveals the typical small enterprise faces prices of €138,814 monthly.

Broke airs on Monday evening on RTE One at 9.35pm.