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Multiple lawsuits filed in Fresco’s group break-up

Multiple lawsuits have been filed in the break up of the Fresco’s group of restaurants.

Restaurateur Claudio Vigilante has taken out a series of writs arising from a change of ownership of two restaurants formerly in the Fresco’s group.

Writs were also taken out against Mr Vigilante.

In addition, Rosemarie Madeiros, who was Fresco’s group vice-president, with Church Bay Trust as Trustee of Ariel Trust, have filed a writ against Christopher Trott, Andrea Dismont, Royal Cuisine and Associated Express.

In October, it was revealed the ownership of Silk and 64° Bar & Grill at Port Royal had changed, and the restaurants were no longer part of the Fresco’s group.

“We can confirm a change in the controlling shareholders,” Andrea Dismont Trott, a director of Silk and 64°, told

The Royal Gazette.

It was confirmed Mr Vigilante was no longer involved in either of those two restaurants.

However, he kept Fresco’s and renamed it Maria’s Ristorante, and retained O Bar, the former Opus Bar and Lounge, which was owned by him and other shareholders.

Restaurant sources had said the Fresco’s group of restaurants, like other Bermuda venues, had been hit by the challenging economic times, and bad timing as it expanded. It included five restaurants at one point.

Mr Vigilante over the past few days has filed writs in the Supreme Court against Royal Cuisine Ltd, Christopher Trott et al, Associated Express Ltd and Christopher Trott alone.

Mr Trott is with wholesaler Bristol Cellar.

Associated Express is the company linked to Silk Thai Cuisine while Royal Cuisine was formed by lawyer Mark Pettingill and Mr. Vigilante.

Mr Pettingill was a director in the Fresco’s group.

When contacted about the lawsuits, Mr Vigilante would say only they involved a “discrepancy” he had with the named parties. He declined to comment further.

Mrs Dismont Trott also declined to comment on the lawsuits.

Earlier this year local company GSC Ltd took out a writ against Mr Vigilante and last November M&M Construction Ltd also filed a legal action against Mr Vigilante.

Claudio Vigilante

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Published November 16, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 16, 2011 at 8:02 am)

Multiple lawsuits filed in Fresco’s group break-up

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