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Restaurant chain collapses in Australia – leaving its future uncertain

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Botswana Butchery's Sydney location on Martin Place



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High-end steakhouse Botswana Butchery has entered voluntary administration in Australia.

The restaurant chain found success in New Zealand before expanding to Sydney and Melbourne in 2022.

However, the future of Botswana Butchery in Australia is now uncertain following the appointment of BDO as voluntary administrator by its owner, Good Group Australia, on March 31.

Despite this, all three restaurants, including the Canberra branch which opened just two months ago, remain open while administrators assess the situation.

“The administrators are carrying out an urgent assessment of the businesses and, if possible, intend to continue trading in order to facilitate a restructuring or sale process in place in due course,” the statement reads. BDO statement.

Botswana Butchery's Sydney location on Martin Place

Botswana Butchery’s Sydney location on Martin Place

“The administrators will continue to work closely with Good Group Australia’s directors, management, staff and creditors.”

Good Group’s operations in New Zealand are not affected.

The Sydney location at Martin Place seats 300 guests over three floors and has standing room for over 900.

In 2022, a review by Terry Durack in the Sydney Morning Herald gave the restaurant a score of 13 out of 20.

“Botswana is the kind of conventional, bustling steakhouse designed for the kind of business lunch or dinner that used to be there when the CBD had a lot of businesses that had lunch or dinner. At this point, you’ve got the steak, but we’ll have to wait a little longer for it to sizzle,” Durack wrote.

The Melbourne branch was rated 14 out of 20 by The Age critic Besha Rodell.

She wrote: ‘Is the food good? Does the service run like a well-oiled machine, with headset microphones on the black-clad staff? Is the wine list extensive, varied and even intermittently affordable? Yes Yes Yes.’

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