TUESDAY, JANUARY 31: One of Bermuda's most iconic restaurants is set to close its doors after 70 years in business.

The Green Lantern Restaurant on Serpentine Road will shut its doors for the last time on Saturday.

More than 10 people will lose their jobs.

Owner Jan Swan did not wish to comment about the closure. 

It marks a rash of other announced business closings over the past six weeks which include A & J Sportscards, the Christian Bookstore, Arnold's Tile and The Body Shop.

Press release: Minister comments on Green Lantern Closure

The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Hon. Patrice K, Minors JP, MP, said that she was saddened, upon hearing today’s announcement that the Green Lantern Restaurant will close its doors on Saturday.

And she added that she has requested the Acting Director of the Department of Labour and Training to reach out to Green Lantern owner Andre Woods in an effort to offer the Ministry’s assistance in registering those who will require employment upon the restaurant's closure.

Minister Minors said, “I was saddened when I heard the news of the Green Lantern’s closure. This has been one of Bermuda’s institutions for 70 years, and it is disappointing to know that another long standing Bermudian owned business has been forced to close its doors due to this unforgiving economic climate.

“I, like thousands of Bermudians have patronized the Green Lantern over the years and was always struck by the hospitality that I received each time I visited this restaurant. They made you feel so welcome and the cuisine was quite simply 'homely' and filling, especially the coconut custard pie.

“My thoughts go out to Mr. Woods and all of the Green Lantern workers who suddenly find themselves out of work. It is my sincere hope that if they are seeking employment that they will register with the Department of Labour and Training so that we can assist where we can.”

And there are job opportunities according to Minister Minors.

She pointed out that the Ministry has reintroduced its 100 Waiter/Server programme, where the Ministry, the Bermuda Hotel Association, the Bermuda Hospitality Institute, and the Restaurant Division of the Chamber of Commerce are working in conjunction to fill 100 waiter/server positions within the hospitality industry.

Minister Minors reminded, “The waiter/server programme is open to all persons seeking to pursue a career as a waiter or server. No experience is required and the training programme is being offered at no cost to the trainee.  Our goal is to reduce the number of waiter/server work permits by 100 via this programme. If they are interested, it is our hope that the staff at the Green Lantern will take advantage of this job opportunity.”

The deadline for applicants for the 100 Waiter/Server programme is February 22.