Melbourne’s Benny Burger has entered administration after two years, with reported debts totalling $170,000.
The concept was established in 2017 by Vue de monde chef Shannon Bennett and encompassed two stores in Richmond and Little Collins Street at its peak.
Troubles with the brand came to light when the Richmond location abruptly closed in May as a result of “difficulties with the site that did not align with [the group’s] long-term vision for the brand”, a Vue Group spokesperson told Broadsheet.
Vue Group provided a statement to news.com.au confirming the closure of Benny Burger, saying the business “has made the commercial decision to exit the Benny Burger brand due to a shift in priorities.”
The statement says all staff entitlements have been paid in full and any amounts owning to suppliers will be settled.
Bennett has had a rough trot as of late with alleged wage theft resulting in a Fair Work investigation along with reported outstanding debts to suppliers and the ATO.
However, the group says it will continue to move forward with its portfolio consisting of fine dining restaurant Vue de monde along with Lui Bar, Iki-jime, Jardin Tan and various cafe operations.
“Vue Group remains focused on providing aspirational guest experiences through its diverse portfolio of venues and is confident the aforementioned change will deliver a stronger platform for growth in the future.”
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