Famous chef Shannon Bennett has denied that his live music venue in the center of Melbourne is closed less than a year after opening, and says it is simply changing his business model.
Geddes Lane Ballroom for King Street in the CBD of Melbourne was opened in September 2018 by Bennett as a joint venture with mogul Lorenz Grollo from the construction sector.
Although Bennett insisted that the company go ahead, the location manager posted on Facebook that Bennett & # 39; s company, Vue Group, had made the decision to close on September 1, The age reported.
The project, which was intended to help gentrify a part of the city that was once busy with strip clubs and all-night dance locations, said it & # 39; stopped operations & # 39; on social media and to companies that booked earlier.
"After two weeks of going back and forth with Grollo, (we) have not been able to come up with a solution for the future of the location … our last show will be on August 31," read the post manager of the Location.
Shannon Bennett (photo) has claimed that his company will be shut down after being open for less than 12 months
Event company Oztentatious Occasions said it was informed by email in the last week of August that the upcoming ball booked at the location had been canceled with little notice.
A company spokesperson told it Herald Sun.: & # 39; The email states that the & # 39; entrepreneurs have decided to stop their activities. & # 39;
& # 39; (It was) very overwhelming for us because we have invested a HUGE amount in this event (energy, time, love, money and effort), & # 39; they said.
Geddes Lane Ballroom live music location (photo) was opened in September 2018 by the famous chef as a joint venture with development magnate Lorenz Grollo
On 2 September, an employee was told that she no longer needed & # 39; were, and insiders told The Age that the sound system had been removed from the building.
But Bennett denied that it closed its doors forever.
& # 39; Once again rumors and nonsense, Geddes Lane is not closed & # 39 ;, the 43-year-old told The Age.
A Vue Group spokesperson said the company would instead focus on private events rather than a publicly accessible location.
Bennett (photo) told The Age & # 39; Again rumors and nonsense, Geddes Lane is not closed, & # 39;
The hospitality conglomerate said it & # 39; private events such as album launches and one-off events, tour dates and the like & # 39; would love.
& # 39; We have many events during the summer season. It supports larger live tours and the space is great for larger events, & the company told the Herald Sun.
Geddes Lane opened shortly after Bennett (left) and former partner, actress Madeleine West (right) of Neighbor announced their divorce last year
The band Hollywood Real Thoughts and the Melbourne group Jazz Party claimed to The Age that they had not been paid for July performances at the venue.
Bennett said he was not responsible for paying artists and that this should be addressed by artists who contact their booking agent.
Geddes Lane Ballroom opened shortly after Bennett and former partner, Neighbors actress Madeleine West, announced their divorce last year.
The couple were together for 13 years and have six children.
The reported doubts about the future of Geddes Lane Ballroom came on top of a series of problems that Bennett & # 39; s co-stars encountered at MasterChef.
In July, judges George Calombaris (bottom right), Matt Preston (top center) and Gary Mehigan (bottom left) left MasterChef when the ten networks refused to raise their wages
In July, George Calombaris was fined for not enough staff at his restaurants in Melbourne, and later blamed lazy accounting.
In July, he was fined $ 200,000 for underestimating 515 employees between 2011 and 2017 and his business will be audited for the next three years.
In the same month, he and fellow jury members Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan abruptly continued when the Ten network refused to renegotiate their contracts.
Paul Anderson, CEO of the network, said in a statement: & # 39; Despite months of negotiations, Ten was unable to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary and George. & # 39;
& # 39; We want to thank Gary, George and Matt for their contribution over the past 11 years, & # 39; he added.
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