A POPULAR buffet restaurant in Poole is shrouded in mystery after claiming to close for refurbishment works over three months ago.

Georgie Porgie’s Buffet World, based in Tower Park, on Yarrow Road, was due to re-open on February 1, after informing customers via their website that they would be closing to refurbish the venue.

Yet almost a month later, the phone lines do not accept incoming calls and when Daily Echo visited Georgie’s Porgies in person, the blinds were down, doors locked and kitchen shelving units could be seen dumped at the back.

Anne Jolliffe, manager of Tower Park, said that the restaurant, which offers different food inspired from around the world, had been shut since November 2013.

She added that a statement had been placed on Tower Park’s website, which reads as follows: “Unfortunately Georgie Porgies is currently closed, despite the message on the Georgie Porgies website. As soon as we have any information about the re-opening we shall announce it here.” Their Facebook page, which features over 1,400 ‘likes’, also shows a number of people who claim to have visited the restaurant, only to find it closed, with no signs on the doors to explain why.

A spokesperson for Borough of Poole confirmed that Georgie Porgie’s Buffet World had a three-star Food Hygiene Rating from the FSA when it closed its doors.

She added that the council had not taken action to close the business, and were advised by a third party that the business may have experienced financial difficulties before its closure.