The owner of Bread and Wine restaurant is waiting to have his electricity bill audited. The outcome will determine whether he closes his business or not.
The owner, who only gave the name Nicholas, and grew up on the Ivory Coast, told Pulse.com.gh the main reason behind the company’s planned closure is its high electricity bills.
Last week the Italian restaurant posted on Facebook that it was being forced to close due to high electricity bills.
In an interview at the company’s Osu premise on Wednesday, Nicholas said “the only reason this company said it is going to close is “because at the end of the day no restaurant can work with GHC33,000 as electricity bill.”
“How much do I make to pay GHC33,000 bill of electricity, to pay water, and pay your employees”, he said.
“If tomorrow they come and tell me my bill has reduced by 50 percent because it was a mistake, I stay open. If not, I pack and leave,” he added.
He said he had invested $1.8 million USD.
“Would I throw 1.8 million just because?”
A former employee of the company blamed the planned closure of the restaurant on “bad financial planning.”
In an interview with Pulse.com.gh, the former employee, who did not want to be identified, said the state of business affairs at the company was “very appalling” and that the claims of high electricity bills were only being used as an excuse by a completely “bogus business.”
According to the former employee, workers of the company would be paid late while some got paid half wages for the entire month.
He said the “irony lies in the fact that the food being sold at Bread and Wine was so expensive that people could buy and drink to the tune of possibly wages of 7 to 10 people in one night.
“I have seen people spend 7, 000 (cedi) at a siting and that was even more than the seven people’s wages for the whole month. And that wage was coming in late for about three weeks.”
“ECG has not kicked him out of the country, he has kick himself,” he stressed.
However, the company refuted the allegations.
“If the company were in danger as the former employee was saying, I will owe money to my suppliers , which is not the case. I will not be able to pay my employees which is not the case,” Nicholas said.
He believed the former employee spoke out of bitterness.