AMSTERDAM (AP) — A North Korean restaurant in Amsterdam staffed by cooks and waitresses from the isolated country has closed its doors.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported Thursday that Pyongyang Restaurant's closure was permanent and stemmed from a disagreement between its Dutch owners and North Korean staff.
The restaurant was an oddity, believed to be the only of its kind in Western Europe, though there are similar restaurants in Asia. Dutch labor authorities say North Koreans can get work visas for Europe under standard rules, but few do.
A woman who answered the phone at the restaurant said the establishment was closed. She couldn't say for how long because she was not authorized to do so. Its website says it is closed "due to holidays." Phone calls to the owner Thursday went unanswered.