Knives out over meat­pay­ment

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEON SY­MONS

A DIS­PUTE be­tween Bloom’s restau­rant and North Lon­don kosher butcher Kel­man’s took a new turn this week with each say­ing they were tak­ing the other to the Lon­don Beth Din.

Bloom’s de­clared that it was tak­ing the butcher to the Beth Din and that it had lodged pa­pers last Fri­day — ex­actly what Kel­man’s had claimed to the JC that it was do­ing two weeks ago.

At that time, Bloom’s did not wish to com­ment. But this week, the owner of the restau­rant re­vealed some of the back­ground to the events of the last two weeks.

In a press re­lease, Bloom’s said it had taken the ac­tion “fol­low­ing a ma­li­cious whis­per­ing cam­paign by Kel­man’s al­leg­ing that Bloom’s had bro­ken its credit agree­ment with them”.

In a state­ment, Bloom’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Kitty Ru­dolf said: “It is with sad­ness rather than anger that we take this ac­tion. Just months ago, af­ter pro­tracted ne­go­ti­a­tions, Kel­man’s and Bloom’s agreed a sched­ule of pay­ments for a rel­a­tively small amount of money, un­der £15,000.

“We have paid each week and are con­tin­u­ing on sched­ule but were dis­mayed to read in the JC that Kel­man’s are al­leg­ing oth­er­wise. We have the agree­ment with all par­ties’ sig­na­tures on it — and are still us­ing Kel­man’s pay­ing-in book as we agreed.”

A spokesman for Kel­man’s said on Wed­nes­day: “We have been told to­day that our Din To­rah has been set down for May 12.

“The orig­i­nal amount [owed by Bloom’s to Kel­man’s] was closer to £20,000. The cur­rent amount out­stand­ing is ap­prox­i­mately £16,000 as of to­day.

“They have made many dif­fer­ent ar­range­ments to pay this debt over the last few months but have never kept to them.

“That is the rea­son why we are go­ing to a Din To­rah.”

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