Cubana restaurant back in business after visit from sheriff

2013-07-12 00:00

THE Cubana restaurant is back in business following a visit from the sheriff of the court on Wednesday, which shut down the restaurant.

The sheriff raided the restaurant at Invesco centre, Pietermaritzburg, and attached and removed movable assets to settle thousands of rand in rent allegedly in arrears. He removed chairs, tables, kitchen appliances and liquor.

Following the visit, the restaurant, which opened earlier last month, was closed until yesterday afternoon. The owner, Themba Ndhlovu, said the total value of the goods attached was close to R2 million.

Ndhlovu said the order had come following a misunderstanding of the payment of rent to the landlord. “Initially we were supposed to start operating in February, but due to delays, including getting the area ready, we delayed it until June.”

He said the money the landlord was trying to recover came to over R350 000 for rent from February to May. “We had an agreement that I would pay the deposit, which was R80 000, and thereafter pay R63 000 per month, but because of the delays, we renegotiated and agreed that we would start paying the rent when we began operating in June.”

He said a new agreement was drafted in May and he signed it in the middle of June. “Because of that agreement, we were surprised that there was an order to attach. We tried yesterday [Wednesday] to sort the matter out, but in the end the sheriff had to attach the goods.

“Everything is back to normal,” he said.

An employee who answered the phone at the restaurant yesterday said the facility was operating again.

Wayne Lochner, representing the landlord, declined to comment, saying the matter was sub judice.

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