After a two week renovation period, the first branch of The Deli Coffee Co has opened, on Kloof Street, home to the former Melissa’s, ironically the first outlet which Melissa van Hoogstraten opened twenty years ago. Melissa’s has closed down all its company-owned stores, while most franchise stores have changed their names, and are continuing to operate, the company having gone into liquidation. Continue reading →
Conrad Gallagher, celebrity chef and youngest chef ever to win two Michelin stars, has had his restaurant Geisha Wok and Noodle Bar in the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel in Green Point provisionally liquidated. Affected by the liquidation too is the collection of Sundance coffee shops, which also belongs to Gallagher – the Sea Point and Buitengracht Street branches in Cape Town are definitely closed.
Gallagher owes the hotel rental, as well as MacBrothers for equipment. In addition, his staff walked out during a meal, as they had not been paid for two months.
In addition to his restaurant in Cape Town, and his coffee shops, Gallagher was a consultant to the Atlantic restaurant in the Table Bay Hotel, and was a consultant to the Sun International Hotels and the Trump Group.
Gallagher has fled to his home country Ireland, reports the Cape Times, but Gallagher claims that he will return to Cape Town. It is reported that Gallagher initially left Ireland with a trail of debt.
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