Opera Bar rights stoush rolling on
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.