Petition filed to wind up restaurant group

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  • Maria's Ristorante at Fresco's is part of the wind-up petition.

    Maria's Ristorante at Fresco's is part of the wind-up petition.

A petition to wind up Claudio Vigilante’s Associated Cuisine restaurant group has been filed in Supreme Court.

The petition will be heard before the court on November 9, when any creditors or contributories are urged to come forward.

“It is the company itself which is applying to be wound-up,” a spokesman for the company said. “The restaurants simply cannot continue in the current economic climate. No creditor has made any application to wind up Associated Cuisine Limited.”

Notice of the winding up comes after multiple lawsuits were filed in the last year involving the former Fresco’s group of restaurants.

Associated Cuisine’s last remaining businesses, Maria’s Ristorante and Fresco’s wine bar, closed down this month.

Aqua, Silk and 64° Bar & Grill at Port Royal have all closed down, while Mr Vigilante retained O Bar, the former Opus Bar and Lounge, which was owned by him and other shareholders.

Last month O-Bar, on Bermudiana Road, was put up for sale.

CH Ltd, landlord for Maria’s and Fresco’s, recently took out a writ against the company.

A spokesman for CH Ltd said there were alleged lease arrears or back rent of some $79,000.

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Published Oct 22, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated Oct 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm)

Petition filed to wind up restaurant group

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