Daily Post 17 May 2012
The Washington Nights on East Parade has been bought from Punch Taverns by Fu Lee, owner of Fu’s Cantonese Restaurant in Caernarfon.
It’s unclear what the future of one of the town’s oldest and best known nightspots will be, as the current leaseholder Bijan Sharifian is seeking legal advice after claiming he was forced to cease trading last Friday night.
Mr Sharifian says the electricity was cut off, making it impossible to open. Up to £1,000 worth of food stored in the bar’s freezers was ruined because of the loss of power.
Mr Sharifian said: “We knew The Washington had been sold and we were negotiating with the new owner as we want to continue to run the venue as a nightspot.
“However, we are now having to get legal advice as the electricity was cut off making it impossible for us to trade.
“The building has been partly boarded up and we are being denied access, so at present I just don’t know how feasible it is for us to reopen.
He added: “If we don’t manage it then I’d like to say a big thank you to all the staff, and to all the people who have supported us over the years.”
Some observers believe that the closure of the nightclub will hit the local economy in the near future.
The general manager of the venue, Nicky Jones, said: “We are all really gutted as we’ve all lost our jobs, and it’s going to have a real knock-on effect for the town.
“Local suppliers, doormen, taxi drivers and DJs are all going to feel this, as well as our 20 staff, two of whom were disabled.
“We are still trying to find a way to pay the staff wages as we have lost so much money not being able to trade last weekend.
“We’ve had so many messages of support on Facebook because people are so upset at us having to close.”
David Harris, who worked at The Washington and who has special needs, said: “I waited outside The Washington all alone, it seemed like hours and I got upset and sad.
“I started crying and thought of the years I had been there, I loved working there.”
On Facebook there were dozens of comments. Holly Augood wrote: “Such a shame, The Wash will be missed by many.”
Christine Hughes said: “Gutted! Some amazing memories have been made at the Wash!
“Good luck to everyone for the future!”
Despite numerous attempts to contact Mr Fu Lee, he was unavailable for comment.