The Metro Bar in Stuart St has ceased trading.
Another Dunedin bar run by Ben Hanssen has closed but the
former bankrupt maintains the Metro Bar could reopen.
The Stuart St bar ceased trading on Sunday, with hospitality
sources saying that items, including gas bottles and wheelie
bins, had been repossessed from the business.
A security firm has been guarding the front and rear
entrances of the building this week.
The Metro Bar now joins Mr Hanssen's other Dunedin bar
interests, Monkey Bar and Diamond Lounge/Rumours, in ceasing
Yesterday, Mr Hanssen maintained the business had not closed.
''It is not open right now, but it is not closed ... do I
have to make it any clearer to you?''
Asked whether he would reopen the business he replied: ''It
is most unlikely that I personally will be opening Metro Bar
He declined to comment on whether he had on-sold the
''I am not interested in having a conversation with you but I
am being polite.''
Mr Hanssen hit the headlines last week when the Otago
Daily Times revealed his business dealings, following a
trail of creditors in Auckland, Christchurch, Ashburton and
Mr Hanssen, who declined a face-to-face interview yesterday,
said: ''I am not interested in a conversation with you about
where I am ... I am very disappointed about what you have
He alleged many of the claims regarding his business dealings
were ''fictitious'', and was unsure who was supplying
information to the ODT which ''you haven't bothered to
''You don't need to talk to me to verify a lot of what you
The Dunedin CIB continued to investigate matters relating to
It was revealed Mr Hanssen allegedly had employed gang
members to repossess chattels from a rival business earlier
this year, and allegedly had knowledge of concrete being
poured down the drain of a neighbouring business.
He denied knowledge of those matters, and also whether he
owed staff wages.
Several hospitality companies connected with Mr Hanssen and
his partner, Kerry Thompson, are also facing liquidation.
Last week, Inland Revenue confirmed that civil proceedings
had been filed against Metro Bar (Dunedin) Ltd, The Church
Nightclub Ltd and 2 Mooses Tavern Ltd.
Rumours has not traded for months, Diamond Lounge had been
shut for weeks, as had the student-oriented nightclub Monkey