Tony Bilson’s plan to open a restaurant at Berowra Waters has irked creditors, including ex-staff who claim they are still owed superannuation from his last businesses.
The restaurant Bilson’s and Number one Wine Bar & Bistro were put into liquidation in October 2011, after Bilson was hit with an unexpected $500,000 payroll tax liability.
He plans to reopen Berowra Waters Inn on the Hawkesbury River — an iconic restaurant he ran with his former wife Gay in the 1980s — which chef/restauranteur Dietmar Sawyere closed in June.
“Renovations have started at Berowra. We are looking at wines for the list with our friends from Tyrrells, Hope Estate, Harkham’s, O’Leary Walker, Philip Shaw, Andrew Guard, and samples arriving from France asap. Key staff on board! Steve Adey at Darling Mills is planting special vegetables for us. The momentum is un-stoppable,” Bilson says on his Facebook page.
But his plans have drawn scathing criticism from creditors and others in the restaurant industry. Read the full report here.