Sour taste for Randy's as rent arrears loom

Posted by: Ashley Birch
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Randy's Hardcore Hamburgers, the brains behind the 'Weinstein' burger, have been banned from their building by landlords

A controversial Sheffield burger restaurant is in rent arrears and appears to be on the verge of shutting down, just weeks after opening.


Randy’s Hardcore Hamburgers have been served with a notice from their landlord Devonshire Green (Commercial Properties) Ltd advising that they ‘may not now lawfully regain entry to the premises without making an application to the court.’ due to unpaid rents.


The notice, dated 4 December, states that the rent has remained unpaid for more than 14 days meaning the restaurant’s tenancy is ‘now forfeit’.


Notice from landlords in Randy's window


The news comes just weeks after the burger chain caused controversy by releasing a menu that included a burger named ‘Weinstein’ in honour of the shamed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who is accused of sexually assaulting up to 70 women.


In the ensuing aftermath, the company released an apology hoping that Sheffield residents would ‘understand that we are guilty of nothing more than poor taste’, and removed the burger from its menu, while continuing to advertise burgers such as ‘Casting Couch’ and ‘Fake Taxi.’


The following weekend, Sheffield residents took to the city-centre’s West One plaza to protest the restaurant calling for it to be shut down, and Sheffield pub The Red Deer even named one of their burgers the Tarana Burger, in honour of the #metoo movement’s founder, giving the proceeds to Sheffield rape and sexual assault helpline.


It seems that the protestors may have got their wish, however no comment has yet been made by the restaurant’s owners.

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