A cake shop in Queensland’s Gold Coast has been closed for the time being after it became embroiled in a legal battle with a former owner over unpaid wages.
Key points:The cafe, which opened in May 2017, was fined $1,000 for a breach of its terms and conditionsThe owner of the cafe is appealing the decisionThe Gold Coast Cafe has been the subject of a legal challenge by a former cafe ownerThe Gold and Sunshine Coast has long been known for its vibrant cafes, with some being known to have been run by ex-cafes.
But the cafe has become a symbol of the community’s economic and cultural vitality.
Owner James Smith says the cafe was the centre of his life when he first started his business in 2016.
“I started off as a delivery guy,” he said.
“It was an easy life.”
But Mr Smith’s business started to crumble when he was caught up in a debt dispute with his former business partner.
“We both lost our jobs and we didn’t have the means to live on,” he told 7.30.
“The next year we were getting hit with debt and we went through a period of financial ruin.”‘
A sad day for everyone’Mr Smith said he had no plans to reopen the cafe any time soon.
“This is a sad day,” he continued.
“A lot of people are going to miss it and we’re all very upset about that.”
He said the closure was not an immediate blow to the business.
“There will be a delay in opening for us as a result of this decision,” he explained.
“But it will be temporary.”
Topics:law-crime-and-justice,courts-and–trials,gold-coast-4840,qld,qnt,arizona-4825,texasFirst posted May 05, 2021 06:47:58Contact Chris O’LearyMore stories from Queensland