Last year a new Thai restaurant opened in a small space that has housed numerous previous failed hospitality businesses next to the petrol station on Johnston St. It immediately began selling vouchers to drive brisk trade and kept on pushing the implausible offers regardless of the bad reviews they received. They seemed indifferent.
Now, less than a year after opening, they have closed. Its last Facebook post is from January 29. On Feb 1 someone who seems to be the owner comments on their Facebook page that their phone system is playing up and they are uncontactable. That sounds suspicious. A week later a customer comments that the phone seems disconnected. A commenter on a review site says he arrived for a Valentine’s Day booking on February 14 to find the restaurant closed and empty. He had received no warning or notification from the restaurant or the voucher company.
This suggests to me that they continued to trade and sell vouchers when they shouldn’t have. Were they trading while insolvent? Selling vouchers when you know you’re in trouble could be like a pyramid scheme. Collect the money and run. In hindsight, it seems like a scam from the beginning. If your conscious actions create an instant negative reputation, are you really planning to stick around for long?