Police called in over dispute at Dundees Brassica

Police called in over dispute at Dundee\s Brassica

Police called in over dispute at Dundees Brassica

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.

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