|Photo courtesy of the Irish Times|
It's a sad day in Belfast's restaurant world as the foodie community mourns the loss of Deanes' Michelin star. But, according to Executive Chef Michael Deane, he isn't the least surprised.
The restaurant, which retained a Michelin star for 14 years, was forced to close for four months last January when a pipe burst and a deluge ruined the downstairs area, according to the Irish Times.
"We were forced to close our premises in a period of time that would have been crucial for Michelin inspections. I have always warned that Michelin stars are not to be taken for granted and so I always suspected this year that it would be unlikely we would retain our star," Deane told the Irish Times.
The chef is optimistic that the restaurant will be able to rebuild its reputation and hopefully find itself back on the coveted pages of the Michelin Guide.
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