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Two weeks to save restaurateur's ailing business

Yesterday, Bengal Brasserie II (NI) Ltd faced a winding-up order in the High Court after a petition from a creditor, thought to be HM Revenue and Customs, chasing an undisclosed sum.

However, a plea from Nigel Rahman’s solicitor secured a two-week reprieve and all eyes will now be on the restaurateur to see exactly how he will save his businesses.

Mr Rahman’s bankruptcy, filed earlier this month, related to an unpaid bill of £14,000 to Belfast firm Drinks Incorporated.

Lismore & Co was appointed as administrator to Bengal Brasserie II in January 2010, but in July the business was sold to Bengal Brasserie (NI) Limited, and last August Mr Rahman entered into a CVA (Creditors' Voluntary Arrangement), agreeing to pay around £15,000 a month back to his creditors over a three-and-a-half year period.

It has emerged that a company called Bengal Brasserie Belfast Ltd was set up in April by Mr Rahman’s brother Mitun Ahmed. The company is registered to the address of Zeera on the Ormeau Road, a takeaway formerly run by Nigel Rahman.

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