Opera Bar rights stoush rolling on

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - LUCY HUGHES JONES

IF run­ning Syd­ney’s Opera Bar was a world cy­cling ti­tle, celebrity chef David Evans reck­ons he’d come se­cond to Lance Armstrong.

The Hu­gos co-founder (pic­tured) and ri­val Matt Mo­ran are locked in a $50 mil­lion dol­lar law­suit over rights to run the bar. Evans claims his ri­val’s com­pany Solo­tel won the rights by cheat­ing. He now wants the Syd­ney Opera House Trust to re­verse its de­ci­sion, say­ing he views the is­sue through the anal­ogy of dis­graced doper cy­clist Lance Armstrong.

“When he came clean he got stripped of his ti­tle,” Evans said out­side the NSW Supreme Court yes­ter­day. Evans is su­ing the Syd­ney Opera House Trust, claim­ing it gave Solo­tel an un­fair ad­van­tage by al­low­ing it an ex­tra sub­mis­sion af­ter the dead­line. He’s also su­ing H&E Ar­chi­tects, ac­cus­ing them of leak­ing de­signs to Solo­tel.

But Mo­ran said his com­pany won “fair and square” while The Trust and H&E also strongly deny the al­le­ga­tions. Jus­tice Robert McDougall or­dered the par­ties to go to me­di­a­tion in April.

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