Shannon Bennett’s burger chain enters administration

17 October, 2019 by
Hospitality Magazine

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

Image credit: Vue de monde