Lawyers can't contact Doughnut Time's Damian Griffiths for $400,000 lawsuit [Video]

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“Thus far we’ve not had any notification from any of the respondents,” he said, asking for an adjournment.Frasers Central Park, the landlord of Sydney’s Central Park shopping centre, is suing over a seven-year contract, alleging it was breached on several counts.The...

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“Thus far we’ve not had any notification from any of the respondents,” he said, asking for an adjournment.

Frasers Central Park, the landlord of Sydney’s Central Park shopping centre, is suing over a seven-year contract, alleging it was breached on several counts.

The company claims Doughnut Time failed to fully fit out the lease or pay rent and other obligations at the $2 billion complex in Sydney’s inner west.

A handwritten sign on the wall of the Doughnut Time store at Sydney's Queen Victoria Building displays worker anger.

A handwritten sign on the wall of the Doughnut Time store at Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building displays worker anger.

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Former Griffiths group chief executive Dan Strachotta took over the business’s last seven stores, down from a high of 26, earlier this month as angry former workers complained of thousands of dollars in missing wages.

The Fair Work Ombudsman was investigating as Mr Griffiths admitted about 60 employees were owed money.

“The worst thing was no-one communicated anything to us. First we didn’t get our pay and no one really said anything about it,” former Brisbane employee Fraser Freya told Fairfax Media, saying she had been told to take money from the till to cover missing wages.

“You wouldn’t not get paid … every so often you would get another pay. At the end of it we were five weeks behind.”

Last Monday, former Manly store manager Chris Boucher and several others stood outside Sydney’s last remaining store in Newtown calling on customers to boycott the business.

Melbourne Chapel Street store employee Romy Bilu said said her superannuation provider told her “there’s no money arriving”.

The Doughnut Time store in Albert Street, Brisbane, was closed on Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Doughnut Time store in Albert Street, Brisbane, was closed on Sunday, March 4, 2018

Doughnut Time was the last of Mr Griffiths’ former hospitality empire. On Thursday, commercial real estate firm CBRE his original ventures, Limes Hotel and Alfred & Constance, were up for sale in Fortitude Valley.

Justice Martin Burns set the Frasers Central Park case down for a two-hour hearing on April 9.

Jorge Branco

Jorge Branco is a crime reporter at the Brisbane Times

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