It’s the Newcastle CBD restaurant and bar that was just shy of celebrating its second birthday.
But those celebrations won’t come to fruition because The Flying Tiger has closed its doors for good.
Taking to social media on Tuesday, owner Noris Sciara said that ‘the odds were stacked against’ the inner-city venue due to the “deathly quiet” East End.
“It is with sadness, frustration and despair that I announce that The Flying Tiger has shut its doors for good,” the post said.
Continuing, Noris thanked customers, staff and suppliers for supporting the burgeoning business, before quoting Patrick Haddock from Reserve Wine Bar which also closed earlier this month.
“As quoted by Patrick Haddock from Reserve Wine Bar “the current incarnation has never been stronger but the East End has gone deathly quiet and the numbers don’t stack up,” Norris wrote.
He continued: “I know many businesses have endured this difficult journey. We take solace and will be forever grateful in knowing that we have been deeply supported by our customers and fellow businesses.”
The news was met with a flurry of support from followers with the likes of: “I’m so sorry to read this. You had a wonderful, unique venue. I wish you all the best with whatever you do next. Xx”
Another chimed in with the similar sentiment; “This is such bad news, but not unexpected as the Newcastle council has done such a bad job with parking and advertising which does not support any businesses that need public patronage.
“I hope you get to open another business with better success. Flying Tiger was a great place to eat and imbibe. Good luck.”