, 12 Chairs
, The Fat Olive
and The Funky Chicken
, four venues associated with popular Australian restaurant consultant David Laris
, have shut their doors "until further notice."
If you guessed that this has something to do with unsustainable rent-to-revenue ratios, you would be correct. Apparently, the original plan was to shut down. Full stop. However, The King's Kitchen, parent company to all four venues in the building, is returning to the table in an attempt renegotiate the terms of their lease.
According to Laris, all four venues will remain closed "while we try and work out a solution and ensure we look after the 60 odd families and individuals this business provides for."
Recent trends at the Sinan Mansions indicate that this might not be a promising prospect. Since last fall, three high-profile venues -- Chicha
, The Alchemist
and The Public
) -- have shut down in rapid succession, each one citing the same reasons.
Laris has given no indication of when -- or, for that matter, if -- the four venues will resume business but says, "Hopefully, we will have a positive conclusion."