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Australia Dumpling chains Din Tai Fung and Lotus go bust

12:06  21 january  2021
12:06  21 january  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Two popular Chinese restaurant chains in Australia have steamed their last dumpling , with Lotus Dining and Din Tai Fung going bust in the wake of the Covid pandemic. Din Tai Fung chain also collapsed following a 'wage theft' scandal just one month earlier.

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Two popular Chinese restaurant chains in Australia have steamed their last dumpling, with Lotus Dining and Din Tai Fung going bust in the wake of the Covid pandemic.

Liquidators from Greengate Advisory were sent in on Thursday to wind up the seven restaurants in the Lotus Dining Group, The Australian reported.

The sweet and sour run of the popular up-market dumpling restaurant began in 2012 and became known as an institution among Sydney diners.

But with a huge drop off in trade due to domestic lockdowns, social distancing measures and international border closures, Michael Jiang's restaurant empire could no longer survive.

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Din Tai Fung is famous in Taiwan for serving xiao long bao, or pork filled soup dumplings . The original location of Din Tai Fung is located on Xinyi street in Taipei, and everyday for both lunch and dinner, there’s a massive crowd that waits in line to slurp down a few baskets of soup dumplings .

The Din Tai Fung menu includes quite a few different things, but really the only reason everyone goes there is mainly to eat soup dumplings , the xiao long bao - everything else on the menu is sort of secondary, though it’s nice to have a variety of different foods on the table.

It comes just one month after the Din Tai Fung chain also collapsed following a 'wage theft' scandal.

a store inside of a building: Two popular Chinese restaurant chains in Australia have steamed their last dumpling, with Lotus Dining and Din Tai Fung going bust in the wake of the Covid pandemic. Pictured: Din Tai Fung Greenwood Plaza © Provided by Daily Mail Two popular Chinese restaurant chains in Australia have steamed their last dumpling, with Lotus Dining and Din Tai Fung going bust in the wake of the Covid pandemic. Pictured: Din Tai Fung Greenwood Plaza a bowl of food on a table: Din Tai Fung chain also collapsed following a 'wage theft' scandal just one month earlier © Provided by Daily Mail Din Tai Fung chain also collapsed following a 'wage theft' scandal just one month earlier

Lotus took a major hit like all Australian hospitality business earlier this year, when restaurants were ordered to close in March in a bid by government to slow the spread of the Covid pandemic.

The chain had recently opened a stunning new venue in Sydney's Barangaroo and also threw the doors open for a 270-seat designer restaurant at The Galeries in the heart of the CBD.

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We went to Din Tai Fung on a Sunday for lunch without a reservation and got in right away, even though it was busy. On a previous Asian trip my wife and I enjoyed dumplings in Taipei at this well known Taiwanese chain . The branch in Beijing was within walking distance of our hotel.

Jiang's Lotus Group had also branched out into commercial real estate and snapped up tens of millions of dollars of land in Sydney's Croydon and Chatswood.

The company made another big deal by taking a stake in the $14.75million purchase of Nine Network's Willoughby headquarters.

News of the dumpling downfall follows Din Tai Fung's plunge into administration one month earlier.

a man sitting on a bench in front of a building: Michael Jiang's (pictured) restaurant empire could no longer survive after a huge drop off in trade due to the coronavirus crisis © Provided by Daily Mail Michael Jiang's (pictured) restaurant empire could no longer survive after a huge drop off in trade due to the coronavirus crisis a store inside of a room: The chain recently opened a stunning new venue in Sydney's Barangaroo and also had a 270-seat designer restaurant at The Galeries in the heart of the CBD (pictured) © Provided by Daily Mail The chain recently opened a stunning new venue in Sydney's Barangaroo and also had a 270-seat designer restaurant at The Galeries in the heart of the CBD (pictured)

The worldwide restaurant business which started in Taiwan in 1956, had eateries throughout Asian, the US and the UK.

In Australia, director Dendy Harjanto had nine restaurants across Sydney and one in Melbourne.

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Restaurants near Din Tai Fung (Tienmu). Popular Types of Food. We dined at the Tienmu outlet of the Din Tai Fung restaurant chain at the invitation of my wife's elder sister, who lives locally. This xiaolongbao restaurant needs no introduction. Other than the dumplings , we like the spicy beef

I have visited Din Tai Fung restaurant at Wisma Atria and the branch at Punggol Waterpoint which is beside the Punggol MRT station. When friends advised me to visit this so-called Chinese restaurant famous for its dumpling , I was initially skeptical.However I decided to give it a try and on hindsight it

Din Tai Fung was a hit for passersby who could look through the window of each restaurant and see master dumpling makers hard at work.

The coronavirus crisis had a major impact on trade in Australia and at its stores across the globe, but the pandemic wasn’t the only factor in the demise of the dumpling chain Down Under.

a display in a store: Din Tai Fung was a worldwide restaurant business which started in Taiwan in 1956. Pictured: Chatswood store © Provided by Daily Mail Din Tai Fung was a worldwide restaurant business which started in Taiwan in 1956. Pictured: Chatswood store a room filled with furniture and a bench: The Lotus chain recently opened a stunning new venue in Sydney's Barangaroo (pictured) and also had a 270-seat designer restaurant at The Galeries in the heart of the CBD © Provided by Daily Mail The Lotus chain recently opened a stunning new venue in Sydney's Barangaroo (pictured) and also had a 270-seat designer restaurant at The Galeries in the heart of the CBD

Four of the Din Tai Fung’s restaurants came under fire from the Fair Work Ombudsman in August last year for allegedly using false records and systematically underpaying employees.

Staff claim they are owed about $150,000 in unpaid wages.

Mr Harjanto, along with general manager Hannah Handoko and HR co-ordinator Sinthiana Parmenas are currently being investigated for their alleged role in the scheme.

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The matter will go before the Federal Court in February with the restaurant chain set to face penalties of up to $630,000 per offence.

a group of different types of food on a table: Four of the restaurants came under fire from the Fair Work Ombudsman In August last year for allegedly using false records and systematically underpaying employees. Pictured: Din Tai Fung’s food © Provided by Daily Mail Four of the restaurants came under fire from the Fair Work Ombudsman In August last year for allegedly using false records and systematically underpaying employees. Pictured: Din Tai Fung’s food a group of people walking down a street: Din Tai Fung had nine restaurants across Sydney and one in Melbourne (pictured) © Provided by Daily Mail Din Tai Fung had nine restaurants across Sydney and one in Melbourne (pictured) Read more

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