Number Nine restaurant closes again

Essex County Standard: Troubled restaurant closes for second time in six-months Troubled restaurant closes for second time in six-months

A RESTAURANT, with Michelin star ambitions, has closed for the second time in six months.

Number Nine, on North Hill, Colchester, has shut for an undisclosed amount of time with management blaming the sudden loss of its head chef.

A poster in the window reads: “Unfortunately, due to unforeseen personal reasons, we regretfully announce our head chef's sudden departure."

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1:08pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Boris says...

What a surprise! Wonder how much he owes his creditors this time. And why did the head chef leave suddenly? Maybe he didn't get paid either.
What a surprise! Wonder how much he owes his creditors this time. And why did the head chef leave suddenly? Maybe he didn't get paid either. Boris

1:15pm Tue 8 Jan 13

historyman22 says...

Owing exactly how much this time?

Many will be unsurprised by this news, particularly given the timing after the festive period.

He will no doubt re-open in early March.

Perhaps this is a warning to other 'wanabee' Restaurateurs that there is not sufficient demand in Colchester for such expensive dining venues as this?
Owing exactly how much this time? Many will be unsurprised by this news, particularly given the timing after the festive period. He will no doubt re-open in early March. Perhaps this is a warning to other 'wanabee' Restaurateurs that there is not sufficient demand in Colchester for such expensive dining venues as this? historyman22

1:27pm Tue 8 Jan 13

sandgronun64 says...

No surprise there then!

Evidently his custom (and it seems staff) voted with their feet.
No surprise there then! Evidently his custom (and it seems staff) voted with their feet. sandgronun64

1:33pm Tue 8 Jan 13

irememberwhen says...

Judging by the tightness of that lovely pink shirt, maybe Mr. Cole had eaten all the chefs stock over the Christmas period?
Judging by the tightness of that lovely pink shirt, maybe Mr. Cole had eaten all the chefs stock over the Christmas period? irememberwhen

1:36pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Boris says...

irememberwhen wrote:
Judging by the tightness of that lovely pink shirt, maybe Mr. Cole had eaten all the chefs stock over the Christmas period?
The picture is from a few months ago, when he re-opened the restaurant after having welshed on his previous suppliers.
[quote][p][bold]irememberwhen[/bold] wrote: Judging by the tightness of that lovely pink shirt, maybe Mr. Cole had eaten all the chefs stock over the Christmas period?[/p][/quote]The picture is from a few months ago, when he re-opened the restaurant after having welshed on his previous suppliers. Boris

1:43pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Bert_Stimpson says...

Good. I hope the head chef has got a better job elsewhere with a decent employer.
Good. I hope the head chef has got a better job elsewhere with a decent employer. Bert_Stimpson

2:36pm Tue 8 Jan 13

romantic says...

Astonished if anybody gave him credit this time around, but I do hope he has not left anybody owed money again. The story last time was that the profits this time around would be used to pay off the creditors from the previous incarnation. Can we safely assume this has not happened?

I´m afraid it all has a terrible predictability about it. I know a couple of people who ate there and were far from impressed at spending well over 100 pounds for a meal for two which left them still hungry at the end. There are enough decent eating places in town where you can eat good food and have an excellent night for markedly less than that.

I hope we will also hear from LB Group, the accountants who looked after the change of name a few months ago. It´s all there if you Google it, guys! Your name is now also linked to this rather dodgy character.
Astonished if anybody gave him credit this time around, but I do hope he has not left anybody owed money again. The story last time was that the profits this time around would be used to pay off the creditors from the previous incarnation. Can we safely assume this has not happened? I´m afraid it all has a terrible predictability about it. I know a couple of people who ate there and were far from impressed at spending well over 100 pounds for a meal for two which left them still hungry at the end. There are enough decent eating places in town where you can eat good food and have an excellent night for markedly less than that. I hope we will also hear from LB Group, the accountants who looked after the change of name a few months ago. It´s all there if you Google it, guys! Your name is now also linked to this rather dodgy character. romantic

2:48pm Tue 8 Jan 13

comeonyouirons says...

I suspect this will be the most commented on article before long. Maybe we shouldn't jump to conclusions about why the chef isn't there, (kidnapped and held to ransom by creditors is a theory!) but it sure makes for interesting reading.
I suspect this will be the most commented on article before long. Maybe we shouldn't jump to conclusions about why the chef isn't there, (kidnapped and held to ransom by creditors is a theory!) but it sure makes for interesting reading. comeonyouirons

3:18pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Citizen 139 says...

Company is in liquidation and has two CCJ's dating back to May & July last year for £5941 & £3195 both listed as unsettled. The sole director Alexander Anthony Ferro Cole AKA Tony Cole AKA Alexander Cole is also a director of NEWHAVEN COMMUNITY CARE LIMITED which has also failed to file accounts which were due at the end of November 2011.

He's also a a director of REKCIN LIMITED which lists the trading address of 82c East Hill, Colchester, Essex, Co1 2qw but no accounts have been filed yet as it was only setup in August last year

So there you have it. No need to delete this post as all the information I've just posted is publicly available on the companies house website for everyone to see.
Company is in liquidation and has two CCJ's dating back to May & July last year for £5941 & £3195 both listed as unsettled. The sole director Alexander Anthony Ferro Cole AKA Tony Cole AKA Alexander Cole is also a director of NEWHAVEN COMMUNITY CARE LIMITED which has also failed to file accounts which were due at the end of November 2011. He's also a a director of REKCIN LIMITED which lists the trading address of 82c East Hill, Colchester, Essex, Co1 2qw but no accounts have been filed yet as it was only setup in August last year So there you have it. No need to delete this post as all the information I've just posted is publicly available on the companies house website for everyone to see. Citizen 139

3:45pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Bert_Stimpson says...

82c East Hill is actually where LB Group is based. There are lots more details in the comments on the story when this happened last time I think...
82c East Hill is actually where LB Group is based. There are lots more details in the comments on the story when this happened last time I think... Bert_Stimpson

4:18pm Tue 8 Jan 13

JCoe1980 says...

No surprise here! I booked for NYE 2012 and they requested 50% upfront plus a small booking fee - I dont think so!

I am all for good restaurants in Colchester but this guy had bad cash flow and clearly has no idea how to run a business!
No surprise here! I booked for NYE 2012 and they requested 50% upfront plus a small booking fee - I dont think so! I am all for good restaurants in Colchester but this guy had bad cash flow and clearly has no idea how to run a business! JCoe1980

6:57pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

romantic wrote:
Astonished if anybody gave him credit this time around, but I do hope he has not left anybody owed money again. The story last time was that the profits this time around would be used to pay off the creditors from the previous incarnation. Can we safely assume this has not happened?

I´m afraid it all has a terrible predictability about it. I know a couple of people who ate there and were far from impressed at spending well over 100 pounds for a meal for two which left them still hungry at the end. There are enough decent eating places in town where you can eat good food and have an excellent night for markedly less than that.

I hope we will also hear from LB Group, the accountants who looked after the change of name a few months ago. It´s all there if you Google it, guys! Your name is now also linked to this rather dodgy character.
Totally agree, but I suspect the LB group will keep a low profile and as Tony Cole is linked to them his taint is bound to rub off.

Tony Cole has demonstrated, time and time again, that he is a downright dishonest businessman. I'm only surprised so many people have been taken in by him! Lets hope all ex staff are able to get work with reputable companies.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: Astonished if anybody gave him credit this time around, but I do hope he has not left anybody owed money again. The story last time was that the profits this time around would be used to pay off the creditors from the previous incarnation. Can we safely assume this has not happened? I´m afraid it all has a terrible predictability about it. I know a couple of people who ate there and were far from impressed at spending well over 100 pounds for a meal for two which left them still hungry at the end. There are enough decent eating places in town where you can eat good food and have an excellent night for markedly less than that. I hope we will also hear from LB Group, the accountants who looked after the change of name a few months ago. It´s all there if you Google it, guys! Your name is now also linked to this rather dodgy character.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, but I suspect the LB group will keep a low profile and as Tony Cole is linked to them his taint is bound to rub off. Tony Cole has demonstrated, time and time again, that he is a downright dishonest businessman. I'm only surprised so many people have been taken in by him! Lets hope all ex staff are able to get work with reputable companies. Say It As It Is OK?

7:40pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Grabber says...

Tony Cole has demonstrated, time and time again, that he is a downright dishonest businessman. I'm only surprised so many people have been taken in by him!
He also has the misfortune to be a Gary Glitter look a like ......
Tony Cole has demonstrated, time and time again, that he is a downright dishonest businessman. I'm only surprised so many people have been taken in by him! He also has the misfortune to be a Gary Glitter look a like ...... Grabber

2:18pm Wed 9 Jan 13

sandgronun64 says...

JCoe1980 wrote:
No surprise here! I booked for NYE 2012 and they requested 50% upfront plus a small booking fee - I dont think so!

I am all for good restaurants in Colchester but this guy had bad cash flow and clearly has no idea how to run a business!
Personally I would be wary of parting with any money prior to dining in a restaurant; particularly one with a poor track record, and so am completely with you on this point.

I believe that you should only part with money as a refundable deposit. To be fair, this could of course include limitations such as if you do not turn up without informing them. Simply saying non-returnable though, seems to betray a lack of confidence though.

If the establishment does not provide a service (e.g., if it closes down prior to your booked date) how do you get it (your money) back? Small claims courts are hardly worth it for small amounts (once court fees etc., have been paid) and even if a CCJ is issued, they might not pay up. Sadly, as there is no real (legal) alternative to these it is a case of caveat emptor.

Other restaurants in town are taking bookings, some with and some without booking charges for upcoming events like Mother’s day and St Valentine’s Day. One (purportedly fine dining establishment) in the Dutch Quarter is a long way from being completed (from what I saw today) but is asking for "non-returnable" booking fees for 14 February. It doesn’t even look like the building is finished on the outside yet.

Save your money and go somewhere that offers a guarantee of a level of service; not promises, and certainly not one that you cannot even be sure will be trading when you arrive.
[quote][p][bold]JCoe1980[/bold] wrote: No surprise here! I booked for NYE 2012 and they requested 50% upfront plus a small booking fee - I dont think so! I am all for good restaurants in Colchester but this guy had bad cash flow and clearly has no idea how to run a business![/p][/quote]Personally I would be wary of parting with any money prior to dining in a restaurant; particularly one with a poor track record, and so am completely with you on this point. I believe that you should only part with money as a refundable deposit. To be fair, this could of course include limitations such as if you do not turn up without informing them. Simply saying non-returnable though, seems to betray a lack of confidence though. If the establishment does not provide a service (e.g., if it closes down prior to your booked date) how do you get it (your money) back? Small claims courts are hardly worth it for small amounts (once court fees etc., have been paid) and even if a CCJ is issued, they might not pay up. Sadly, as there is no real (legal) alternative to these it is a case of caveat emptor. Other restaurants in town are taking bookings, some with and some without booking charges for upcoming events like Mother’s day and St Valentine’s Day. One (purportedly fine dining establishment) in the Dutch Quarter is a long way from being completed (from what I saw today) but is asking for "non-returnable" booking fees for 14 February. It doesn’t even look like the building is finished on the outside yet. Save your money and go somewhere that offers a guarantee of a level of service; not promises, and certainly not one that you cannot even be sure will be trading when you arrive. sandgronun64

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