A burger restaurant embroiled in a court battle with its local council for serving ‘pink’ burgers has ceased operation after the cost of fighting its case proved insurmountable.
Southsea’s 6oz Burgers confirmed this week that it had closed its doors for good as the business didn’t have enough cash to continue.
It stated: “A number of factors – most notably the ‘pink burger’ court case which we fought and lost against Portsmouth City Council – has meant that the business is no longer financially viable. We want to thank everybody in Southsea and beyond for their love and support during what has been an incredible five years.
“Despite the lows, there have been some amazing highs and we have made some great friends and unforgettable memories along the way. We hope you enjoyed the best burgers in Southsea as much as we enjoyed making them.”
6oz Burgers made national headlines in 2015 when Portsmouth City Council issued it with a hygiene emergency prohibition notice for serving the rare burgers.
Although they are regarded as a speciality by many people, the council argued that the firm could not prove through its supply chain and processes that the burgers were safe to eat.
The owners of the business fought back in court but were ordered to pay £100,000 of its own legal fees and meet the council’s £35,000 legal costs after losing the case.
At the time they said they had cooked more than 20,000 burgers, of which 90% had been served ‘pink’ to enhance the flavour.
They told local media outlet The News that it was a method used by many other burger restaurants.
“We do everything we can in-house and in sourcing meat to prevent any risk of bacteria. We have very high standards and nobody has become ill. It’s the smallest of risks but there are risks when eating most foods. We do give people a choice and if you wish to eat it pink it should be your choice.”