The luxurious SALT restaurant in Beijing closed its doors at 9 Jiangtai Xi Lu two weeks ago, only to find them unexpectedly open again, with a former employee at the reins. The old SALT won a series of culinary awards and its staff were the subject of many a magazine interview. The new SALT is run by a disgruntled employee, an opportunist landlord, and the worst lawyer ever.
According to The Beijinger:
[SALT’s marketing director] said she first noticed that the space was in use when she swung by the area the other day and noticed a window was open in the restaurant.
The restaurant staff has also sent out a wonderful press release:
盐SALT Contemporary Cuisine has just become aware that ex-employee Lucy Wang (who had been working for SALT for 7 years until she quit in February) and landlord Mr Xin (who forced us to leave our location by doubling the rent and previously demanding extra payments for the past 3 years) will open their own restaurant today at 9 Jiangtai Xi Lu, pretending to be 盐SALT Contemporary Cuisine.
Please be aware that this restaurant is not 盐SALT Contemporary Cuisine. We closed our Lido branch two weeks ago.
They have effectively stolen our business and are operating completely illegally.
Our lawyer, who was supposed to be ensuring our move from the premises to a new location, refuses to answer our calls and seems to have been working with Ms Wang and Mr Xin all along.
We are currently meeting with new legal counsel to win back our business and all associated items.