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Welsh restaurant in NYC, owned by Milford Haven brothers, to close

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A RESTAURANT in America, which is owned by two brothers from Milford Haven, and proudly serves Welsh food, is to close its doors next month.

The Sunken Hundred is located on Cobble Hill, 276 Smith Street in Brooklyn, and is named after the legendary sunken kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod, which is said to have laid between Ramsey Island and Bardsey Island and has been described as the “Welsh Atlantis”.

Two brothers from Milford Haven, Dominic and Illtyd Barret, had planned the restaurant since 2008 and finally opened it in September 2016.

However, today (Feb 18), it was announced that the restaurant is to close.

On the Facebook page the owners said: “With very heavy hearts, we have to announce that on March 3 2018, we will be serving our fabberluss Welsh food and cocktails for the last time. We’ve worked so hard over the last two years to bring a taste of Wales to New York, and the incredible reception our little bar in Brooklyn received was as unexpected as it was overwhelming. Unfortunately, despite all the great reviews and fantastic feedback from our customers, we just don’t see a realistic way to make Sunken Hundred a profitable business. So, regrettably, we’ll be closing our doors and looking forward to new adventures.

“We are immensely proud of Sunken Hundred and what we’ve achieved. None of it, of course, would have been possible without our fantastic staff, many of whom have been with us from the very beginning. Our love and heartfelt thanks go to Ashaun, Freddie, Tori, Charles, Sarah and Ashley; Tom, Terri, Clemmie, Hugh and Jeff; Jon, Annalyn, Kim and Serena. You bought into our seaweed-tinged vision and made Sunken Hundred a very special place, with great food, natty cocktails and superb service. We will miss working, arguing, laughing, crying and scoffing seaweed snacks with you so much. You are simply wonderful.

“We’d also like to thank all the people who’ve supported us – New York Welsh, especially Ty, Marc, Rhodri, Sioned and Gwillim, Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company, Penderyn Whisky, Craig, Stifyn Parri, Heyer Performance, Shana Sokol, Fran Evans, Hong-An and Aidan, Amanda Schuster, Tiny Rebel, the Welsh Government in USA (especially Efe), Chris, Matthew Rhys, Eryn Richards, Hywel and Chloe; our teacher and her students in our weekly Welsh Class: Katie Phillips, Richard, Leigh, Lauren and Kathryn; Mike and Rachel Barry; all our amazing locals, regulars and not-so-regulars and, of course, all our family and friends in the neighbourhood, back home and around the world.

“We have two weeks of Welsh seaweed-munching left, and we would love you to join us to enjoy Cantre’r Gwaelod in the way us Welsh know best: scoffing, singing and maybe just a little bit of swilling. We want to celebrate, not be sad. And we want to celebrate with those closest to us.”

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Burton Ferry: Public advised to avoid oil on beach

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MEMBERS of the public have been asked to avoid a section of the beach at Burton Ferry following the discovery of oil on the shoreline.

Officers from the Public Protection team at Pembrokeshire County Council have put up warning signs advising people that part of the shore between the Jolly Sailor and the NATO jetty has been contaminated with oil. 

The County Council and other agencies are investigating the source of the oil. Work to clean up the beach will be starting soon to ensure there is minimum impact on the public and the environment.

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Stephen Crabb MP speaks out in 40 hour Brexit debate

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PRESELI MP Stephen Crabb has spoken out against a so-called ‘No Deal Brexit’ which would see Britain leave the EU next March without a transition period or an agreement in place for the rules that will apply to trade after next March.

He defended his support for Brexit and said that he had promised on the night of the Referendum in 2016 to implement the result and do it in a responsible way which protects the economy of Pembrokeshire.

Speaking on Wednesday night in the House of Commons, Mr Crabb drew attention to the risks facing local industries like oil refining and the ferry ports connecting to Ireland if Brexit is mishandled.

“How we leave the EU really does matter to the lives of people who work in these sectors,” he said.

He warned of “very serious and specific reasons” why a No Deal Brexit would be “very bad news indeed” for the Valero oil refinery in Pembroke. He described the closure of the Murco oil refinery in 2014 as a “horrible” time for the County and said that he could not vote for anything that would create new risks for Pembrokeshire’s last remaining refinery.

Mr Crabb said that no responsible Member of Parliament for Preseli Pembrokeshire could vote for No Deal and look their constituents in the eye again.

He closed his speech by saying that he would vote for this “imperfect” deal because a perfect Brexit does not exist and Britain needs a way forward from the current divisions and argument.

FOR MORE SEE THIS WEEK’S PAPER

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Welsh Assembly Government will probe Bay City Deal

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THE WELSH Government has announced an independent investigation into the Swansea Bay City Deal.
Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Ken Skates, issued a written statement this evening which said that the UK and Welsh Governments had agreed the project required ‘a rapid and independent review’.
While Mr Skates’ statement is upbeat about the progress made on elements of the Deal, saying ‘all partners are committed’ to its success, the review will cover due diligence and governance in respect all aspects of the deal.
The statement concludes the review will ‘ensure that governance and oversight at programme and project level are robust’. If the review identifies weaknesses, it will recommend measures to strengthen them.
The Cabinet Secretary’s statement follows suspensions of staff from Swansea University who were concerned in elements of the Deal’s delivery, particularly the £200m+ redevelopment of the bog at Delta Lakes into a Wellness Village and Life Sciences Centre.
The move follows a call for the WAO to examine the web of companies and the tendering process made by Carmarthenshire Labour Leader, Rob James.
Carmarthenshire blogger Jacqui Thompson has highlighted potentially serious issues affecting due diligence on the Delta Lakes project. Pat Dodd Racher of West Wales News Review has also probed the project and highlighted a series of overlaps between personnel in different parts of it.
If governance and failures are identified or due diligence is shown to have been less than optimal sub-par, Mark James CBE, the Chief Executive of Carmarthenshire County Council who also heads up the City Board could find himself considerably embarrassed.
The Wellness project has been the subject of a number of articles in The Herald which have examined the corporate backgrounds of the County Council’s development partners in the project.
Tomorrow’s Herald digs further into the tangled web of connection between key individuals concerned in the Deal and particularly at Delta Lakes.

Exclusive By Jon Coles, Senior Reporter

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