The owner of failed Dundee Waterfront eatery Brassica has promised to give staff their jobs back when he re-opens the restaurant under a new name.
Dentist Rami Sarraf has plans to relaunch his city diner – which closed in October after just three months – as Brasserie Ecosse.
Dr Sarraf, who owns dental practices in Dudhope, Downfield and Forfar, has launched a new company after putting his previous business Tayone Food Limited into administration.
And he promised staff who walked out last month over unpaid wages that they would be compensated.
Dr Sarraf said: “The administrator of the company has already sent out forms to the former employees of Tayone Food Limited and they will receive any lost pay from a scheme that is in operation to compensate workers.
“In the meantime, I have set up a new company and made a successful bid to purchase the business.
“I am currently in negotiations to try to get the restaurant opened as soon as possible and to offer jobs to all the ex-employees of Tayone Food Limited.
“The new restaurant will have a new management team made up of the former employees of Brassica.
“There will be the offer of employment to all those people who were formally employed at Brassica and I sincerely hope that they will come back.
“However, I can fully appreciate that some of them will have moved on to other jobs and I wish them well for the future.”
However, staff who lost their jobs when Brassica folded are preparing to picket the restaurant in order to get their wages.
A spokesman for Unite Hospitality Dundee, which is representing the former employees, said: “Former workers, supported by Unite, met with the owner of Brasserie Ecosse, formerly Brassica, to negotiate payment of the £28,241 owed in unpaid wages, holidays and notice pay.
“We gave him until 5pm today to make arrangements to pay what is owed or we will proceed with a public campaign to retrieve it, including political lobbying, media exposure and a picket outside the new restaurant.”