The Fitzroy Hotel in South Dunedin, which is now closed. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The sudden closure of the landmark Fitzroy Hotel in South
Dunedin several weeks ago remains a mystery.
A ''closed today'' sign has been in the hotel window for some
weeks and attempts to contact the owner/operators, Liz Fox
and Henry Mellon, have been unsuccessful.
Hospitality outlets in South Dunedin were contacted and one
source said they understood the couple had left ''suddenly, a
few weeks ago''.
Ms Fox and Mr Mellon are the sole directors and 50:50
shareholders in Glenorchy Lodge Ltd, which they placed in
voluntary liquidation on August 1 last year.
Insolvency Management receiver Iain Nellies said, when
contacted yesterday, the couple had leased the Glenorchy
Lodge, and were the owner/operators of the Fitzroy Hotel, the
former held under the registered Glenorchy Lodge Ltd, while
the Fitzroy was held as a partnership, without limited
Dunedin City Council alcohol licensing and project officer
Kevin Mechen said, when contacted, the licence was still
current. He had heard the Fitzroy was closed, but had not
been notified it had ceased trading.
Mr Nellies said there was ''potentially'' a tie-up with the
Glenorchy liquidation and the two trading entities, but his
investigation into the liquidation was still ongoing.
In the second report in mid-February of receivers Insolvency
Management, receiver Don Millis said the business and assets
of Glenorchy Lodge were sold before August 1 and the balance
of funds was transferred to the liquidator's trust account.
Receipts from the business sale and GST refunds amounted to
$47,407. After the liquidator's costs, the balance held was
Mr Millis estimated unsecured creditors were owed $89,192,
while claims made by preferential creditors amounted to
$86,231 and unsecured creditors $56,648.
''A review of the company records is continuing. At this
stage, we are unable to estimate a likely date for completion
of the liquidation,'' Mr Millis wrote in his report.