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Yorkshire advisors serve up rescue deal for London restaurant

Kelly Burton

Administrators from Yorkshire-based Wilson Field have worked with bosses at a London restaurant to serve up a rescue deal.

Kelly Burton and Lisa Hogg were appointed joint administrators on 10 July to South Kensington based L’Etranger Restaurant.

Established in 2002, the Gloucester Road restaurant, located near the Royal Albert Hall and London’s Museum Quarter including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and Science Museum, had been trading as L’Etranger Restaurant since 2010 benefitting from the prime location for visitors and theatre-goers.

However the company sustained a significant loss following the sale of a second restaurant in 2014 and experienced mounting cash flow issues with its retained premises resulting in HMRC arrears and the threat of a winding up petition.

Keane Hart Ltd, a company owned and managed by existing management team lead by director Ibi Issolah, has acquired the business out of administration for an undisclosed sum.

Kelly Burton, director and licenced insolvency practitioner at Wilson Field, said: “L’Etranger had suffered losses in the past few years due to the previous loss-making sale of a second premises.

“Funds were spent on L’Etranger which absorbed further cash flow accruing HMRC arrears and the company being threatened with a winding up petition.

“The restructuring process has resulted in the continuation of a viable restaurant and the safeguarding of all the employees and ensures that the business is financially secure for future trading. Five jobs have been saved and transferred under TUPE to the new company.”

L’Etranger serves Japanese-influenced French cuisine, as well as maki and sashimi alongside offering a world-class wine selection. It has been awarded a number of accolades including an AA Rosette for Best Wine List in the UK 2013.

As well as seating 80 diners in the restaurant, L’Etranger offers wine tasting, private dining and events for up to 100 people on its premises. Shulmans in Leeds advised and dealt with legal matters with Robert McArdle of David Currie & Co in Manchester assisting with asset valuation and disposal.


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