TV chef Gino D’Acampo has posted a video to “set the record straight” on the liquidation of his My Pasta Bar Brand, insisting it is completely independent of his other restaurant businesses.
The concept consisted of three sites in London, but reports emerged this week that Beesley Corporate Recovery was appointed as a voluntary liquidator at the end of November to wind the company up.
A statement of affairs subsequently published on Companies House shows the venture owned just under £5m to creditors.
Mr D’Acampo, who has been away from the UK on holiday until this week, said that My Pasta Bar was a standalone operation and that “sometimes you win, sometimes you lose” in business.
Posting a video on social media to address the reports, he said: “When I got back I saw a lot of crap being written about my restaurant. Apparently my restaurant are into liquidation. Now I don’t usually do stuff like this but I thought, you know, let me set the record straight here.
“About 10 years ago I opened a business called Pasta Bar, which is serving Italian food very fast in the centre of London, three little shops. We tried for 10 years and then Covid came around and I thought, ‘you know what, we have to close, there’s no point pursuing the idea’, which, by the way, I absolutely love and I will continue with that with another business.
“So the Pasta Bar business has got nothing to do with my restaurant business, with my import business or any other business that I do. It’s a standalone business going into liquidation, we have to move on. This is what business is all about. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”
Just to set the record straight 🤌🤌…
— Gino D'Acampo (@Ginofantastico) January 6, 2022
Mr D’Acampo said the rest of his restaurant business was “growing really, really well”, so much so that he is planning to open three “mega sites” this year, including one in Italy.
He also said he had fulfilled an ambition by opening a site in Alderley Edge in Cheshire two days ago.
“The restaurant used to be called Piccolino so what I did is I kicked them out and now it is called Luciano, like my son, and the restaurant is exactly the same restaurant as I have in the 5-star ME hotel in London. The menu is going to be amazing.
“I have invested thousands and thousands of pounds into the restaurant, a brand new kitchen, everything all kitted out, and I am going to be there on 24 January to celebrate the opening of the restaurant.”
Mr D’Acamp ended his video with a word of advice for his followers: “Guys, can I give you a suggestion – when you see something on the news, mainly, remember this, it’s all crap!”