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01 Jul 2022

Locked down Portlaoise restaurant hit by heartless thieves

A second restaurant in Portlaoise has fallen victim to heartless thieves in the space of a week.

The Grill & Chill Restaurant at Bank Place in the town was was robbed overnight Saturday July 10. This break-in was reported to the Gardaí with CCTV coverage provided.

Former local election candidate, Naeem Iqbal is proprietor of the Grill & Chill. 

He said it was the second incident to happen in Portlaoise with The Pantry also robbed.

The break-in represents a double blow to the businessman and his staff.

Mr Iqbal had plans to reopen on July 5 but must now wait until closer to the end of July to welcome customers back due to the changes to the Government's reopening plan caused by the Covid-19 Delta virus.

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