Toby’s Restaurant & Bar in Auckland’s Titirangi is closing down.
The business posted to Facebook saying: “💔 Sad News Alert: Toby’s Restaurant and Bar in Titirangi is closing down. 💔
“It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Toby’s over the past few years, with both highs and lows. The burden of Covid debt, 4 burglaries in 14 months, severe staff shortages and the latest downturn in the economy has been more than the company can bear.
“There have also been some unforgettable and incredible events that took place within those walls.
“We want to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to the amazing locals and loyal customers who have supported Toby’s throughout this challenging journey. Your unwavering support has meant the world to us.
“Although this chapter is coming to an end, we will always cherish the memories made at Toby’s. From delightful conversations to mouthwatering dishes, it’s been an honour to serve you all. Thank you for being a part of our journey.
“Let’s raise a glass and bid farewell to Toby’s Restaurant and Bar in Titirangi. Cheers to the good times and the indelible mark it has left on our hearts. 🥂❤️”
Locals flooded to the comment section of the post, one saying: “Sad news to hear after so much effort and with the creating of an amazing space for people to enjoy the great food and drinks.”
Another said: “Sorry to hear this. Had some good times there. Good on you guys for trying to create something for the local community.”
The business spoke to Seven Sharp last year after experiencing a fourth burglary in 14 months.
Thieves made off with around 50 bottles of alcohol in a laundry basket. They also kicked beer taps and let the kegs run dry.
At the time, co-owner Mike Simpkins said the break-in came after years of hardship following the Covid-19 pandemic and staffing shortages.
“This on top just makes things really difficult,” he said.
He had said him and his business partner considered shutting up shop, but decided to push through.
“We’re just a small little operation – we don’t want to have to close the doors and say goodbye to a dozen jobs and have an empty building again,” Simpkins said last July.
Toby’s Restaurant been serving customers in West Auckland for nearly a century.