Hamilton’s Afrolicious – a relatively new restaurant specializing in flavourful dishes from African cuisines – isn’t permanently closed after all.
News broke last week that the restaurant had been evicted from its large space at 46 James Street North, with a landlord’s termination notice posted on the door stating that the restaurant owed over $63,000 in arrears.
However, this isn’t the end: Afrolicious has recently shared that they are still in business, and currently offering their full-service catering while they seek out a possible new space in Hamilton to reopen a sit-down restaurant with a reimagined business plan.
The restaurant also explains the context of the $63,000 in owings listed to the public on the landlord’s termination notice.
“We were behind in rent by 2 months and we were making every effort to settle the balance, this landlord demanded back rent plus accelerated rent payments which is a condition on the lease agreement due late payments,” wrote Afrolicious in a post on social media.
“We could not come up with the funds within 5 days and that resulted to our lease been terminated. The 63K posted for public view is the total including the accelerated 3 months rent which now covers all the lease breakage costs.”
Afrolicious also reminds locals that they can still be contact for catering bookings, and makes a plea to continue supporting our local small businesses at a time where it’s more important than ever.
“Many small businesses are currently struggling to operate at a time of high inflation, economic uncertainty and operating costs rising exponentially,” wrote the restaurant.
“They need extra support right now and I hope you get out and support them.”
See more on their social media.
Lead image courtesy of @afroliciousrestaurant
PubesInMyFood03.04.2023 8:20 pm
What landlord wants to rent to someone that stiffed thier last lease for $64k? Let the dream die, you tried and failed to run a restaurant.
LYNDA WINTER04.04.2023 1:58 am
Wow. I didn’t know that they place even existed