Com­pa­ny­woundup with £400k debts

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THE com­pany which ran the Meat House restau­rant in Dundee has been wound up with debts of more than £400,000 — al­most £70,000 of which is owed to em­ploy­ees.

The Perth Road restau­rant closed sud­denly at the end of Jan­uary with staff claim­ing they had not been paid for at least a month’s work.

The owner Candice Hickey claimed at the time she was hope­ful of sell­ing the restau­rant “in a mat­ter of weeks” but it has now come to light that the busi­ness has failed to pay a num­ber of sup­pli­ers, staff and HMRC.

It is be­lieved many staff mem­bers are due up­wards of 250 hours in wages with the Sum­mary State of Af­fairs re­veal­ing that £69,974 is owed to em­ploy­ees.

The liq­ui­da­tion pa­pers also re­veal £33,557 has not been paid to the build­ing’s land­lord, £77,235 is owed to sup­pli­ers and £119,799 is due to the tax­man.

Many lo­cal busi­nesses are owed cash, with fruit and veg­etable whole­salers Les Tur­riff owed al­most £7,000 and butch­ers Yorkes of Dundee left just un­der £16,000 out of pocket.

Ad­di­tional debts to­tal £43,886 with the to­tal de­fi­ciency adding up to £410,441 af­ter pre­vi­ously recorded losses of £64,992 are added.

Com­pa­nies House shows Ms Hickey’s hus­band Dar­ren Hickey was dis­qual­i­fied from act­ing as a com­pany di­rec­tor in Novem­ber last year af­ter fail­ing to pay more than £120,000 in tax while a di­rec­tor of Blan­tyre-based busi­ness Fair De­vel­op­ments Lim­ited.

Asked if staff and other debts would be paid, Mr Hickey said “staff will be paid” but de­clined to com­ment fur­ther when pressed.

West End coun­cil­lor Fraser Macpher­son said he was shocked to hear about the amount of debt ac­crued.

He added: “I am con­cerned to hear the ex­tent of the debt.

“It’s very sig­nif­i­cant. I’m not sure how this much debt can be al­lowed to ac­cu­mu­late.

“I am con­cerned par­tic­u­larly for the staff in­volved who I be­lieve have not been paid for many hours that they have worked.”

The pop­u­lar restau­rant opened five years ago and specialised in lo­cally sourced Scot­tish beef and seafood.

It was known for host­ing “Man v Food” eat­ing chal­lenges, based on the tele­vi­sion show of the same name.

The Meat House restau­rant

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