The owner of failed Dundee Waterfront eatery Brassica has promised to give staff their jobs back when he re-opens the restaurant under a new name.
Dentist Rami Sarraf has plans to relaunch his city diner – which closed in October after just three months – as Brasserie Ecosse.
Dr Sarraf, who owns dental practices in Dudhope, Downfield and Forfar, has launched a new company after putting his previous business Tayone Food Limited into administration.
Dr Sarraf said: The administrator of the company has already sent out forms to the former employees of Tayone Food Limited and they will receive any lost pay from a scheme that is in operation to compensate workers.
I am currently in negotiations to try to get the restaurant opened as soon as possible and to offer jobs to all the ex-employees of Tayone Food Limited.
There will be the offer of employment to all those people who were formally employed at Brassica and I sincerely hope that they will come back.
However, I can fully appreciate that some of them will have moved on to other jobs and I wish them well for the future.
However, staff who lost their jobs when Brassica folded are preparing to picket the restaurant in order to get their wages.
A spokesman for Unite Hospitality Dundee, which is representing the former employees, said: Former workers, supported by Unite, met with the owner of Brasserie Ecosse, formerly Brassica, to negotiate payment of the £28,241 owed in unpaid wages, holidays and notice pay.
We gave him until 5pm today to make arrangements to pay what is owed or we will proceed with a public campaign to retrieve it, including political lobbying, media exposure and a picket outside the new restaurant.
The former manager of a closure-hit Dundee restaurant has been reported to police by her ex-business partner.
He took control of the restaurant after staff walked out in a dispute over pay and said he has reported former manager Dea McGill to Police Scotland’s Tayside Division.
“I went into this project wholeheartedly because I wanted to develop something nice for the waterfront. That was important to me.
“I worked very hard for quite a long time and did the best that I could – I think the space speaks for itself.
“We started really well until the 14th of June when things started to change. It became clear he didn’t want me as a business partner.”
She added: “We did have debts to pay, we needed to stabilise and restructure but it was nothing unusual.”
He said: “I have set up a new company and I made a successful bid to purchase the business and I am currently in negotiations to try and get the restaurant opened as soon as possible and to offer jobs to all the ex-employees of Tayone Food Limited.
“I have reported the conduct of my fellow director, Dea McGill, to Police Scotland and they are investigating the issues I have raised with them. I cannot say any more about that for fear of jeopardising the investigation.”
The restaurant has been closed since then but Mr Sarraf aims to re-open the business under a new name, Brasserie Ecosse.
Trade unions and anti-poverty groups claim they will protest outside the restaurant if the outstanding sums are not paid.