Greenwich Spread Eagle staff's shock at pub's closure

News Shopper: Assistant manager Petr Dvorak in front of the closed Spread Eagle pub Assistant manager Petr Dvorak in front of the closed Spread Eagle pub

AN ASSISTANT manager at Greenwich’s Spread Eagle pub has spoken of his shock at seeing the tavern closed and staff kicked out.

The newly revamped 17th century coaching inn, in Stockwell Street, shut its doors on December 12 after its company Greenwich Inc, which also runs venues such as Trafalgar Tavern and The Admiral Hardy, went into administration on November 29.

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One of the administrators, Stephen Hunt, says there are no plans to reopen the pub due to financial difficulties but other Greenwich Inc venues were expected to stay open after “much interest”.

Staff came to the pub, where Greenwich and Woolwich MP Nick Raynsford held his wedding reception in October last year, on December 12 and were told the restaurant was closed and to pack up their belongings.

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Assistant manager Petr Dvorak said: “You wake up, everything is fine, then you go to work and your manager says ‘we are closing, come here, take your clothes’.

“It was like thunder from the blue sky.

“It was very sad.”

The 36-year-old, from Ilford, Essex, is now without a job and worried about gaining his full November pay cheque back from Greenwich Inc.

Mr Hunt said: “The decision to close it was just entirely down to economics, it didn’t have enough trading. The other premises seem to be going strong.

“In terms of the Spread Eagle, we don’t have any plans to reopen it.”

He says the company was appointed at the request of a number of creditors and accused Greenwich Inc Group of “disgracefully” sitting on the cash for its employees.

He said: “They are sitting on the money and refusing to pay. They are not in insolvency. It is a fairly extraordinary position. We think it is a disgrace.”

A Greenwich Inc spokeswoman said all staff will be paid and the company was not available for further comment.

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2:23pm Fri 20 Dec 13

cookster says...

It was difficult to see anything coming with that place being so much up its own a**e. Nice arms-crossed shot mind.
It was difficult to see anything coming with that place being so much up its own a**e. Nice arms-crossed shot mind. cookster

5:18pm Fri 20 Dec 13

PDCZ77 says...

cookster wrote:
It was difficult to see anything coming with that place being so much up its own a**e. Nice arms-crossed shot mind.
I think the employees have a right to get notice before. The employees was working and didnt get involved in any mess. they just did their job. and was kicked out of restaurant without any previous notice , compensation or anything at all
[quote][p][bold]cookster[/bold] wrote: It was difficult to see anything coming with that place being so much up its own a**e. Nice arms-crossed shot mind.[/p][/quote]I think the employees have a right to get notice before. The employees was working and didnt get involved in any mess. they just did their job. and was kicked out of restaurant without any previous notice , compensation or anything at all PDCZ77

1:50pm Sat 21 Dec 13

white rabbit9 says...

Yeap how many pub closures are happening. This is not a shock to me. The plan is to close down many more pubs and keep people in their boxes. The message is spreading to fast, they know it, I know it.
Yeap how many pub closures are happening. This is not a shock to me. The plan is to close down many more pubs and keep people in their boxes. The message is spreading to fast, they know it, I know it. white rabbit9

2:19pm Sat 21 Dec 13

sarfflondonbird says...

Once again, arms folded, meaning business! Why must people photographed for N.S. always stand aggressively? It doesn't show them to be intelligent at all.
Once again, arms folded, meaning business! Why must people photographed for N.S. always stand aggressively? It doesn't show them to be intelligent at all. sarfflondonbird

4:50pm Sat 21 Dec 13

molsey says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Once again, arms folded, meaning business! Why must people photographed for N.S. always stand aggressively? It doesn't show them to be intelligent at all.
May I ask how you would stand?
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Once again, arms folded, meaning business! Why must people photographed for N.S. always stand aggressively? It doesn't show them to be intelligent at all.[/p][/quote]May I ask how you would stand? molsey

6:24pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Bevangirl says...

Oh, for goodness sake leave the poor man alone. He's lost his job - does it matter how he stands? I worked in the Spread Eagle around 40 years ago when Dick Moy owned it. It would never have come to this if he was still in command. He was a very fair and generous man. 40 years ago it was a very popular place in the evening - many people appearing at the theatre would come over for a meal after their performance. And I can assure you neither them nor us were 'up our own a**es' !!!
Oh, for goodness sake leave the poor man alone. He's lost his job - does it matter how he stands? I worked in the Spread Eagle around 40 years ago when Dick Moy owned it. It would never have come to this if he was still in command. He was a very fair and generous man. 40 years ago it was a very popular place in the evening - many people appearing at the theatre would come over for a meal after their performance. And I can assure you neither them nor us were 'up our own a**es' !!! Bevangirl

9:46pm Sun 22 Dec 13

sarfflondonbird says...

molsey wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
Once again, arms folded, meaning business! Why must people photographed for N.S. always stand aggressively? It doesn't show them to be intelligent at all.
May I ask how you would stand?
Not with arms crossed all the time.
[quote][p][bold]molsey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Once again, arms folded, meaning business! Why must people photographed for N.S. always stand aggressively? It doesn't show them to be intelligent at all.[/p][/quote]May I ask how you would stand?[/p][/quote]Not with arms crossed all the time. sarfflondonbird

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