Launceston’s Iron Horse Bar and Grill owner says she is still awaiting payment for hosting the controversial ‘Karen’s Diner’ experience in April, which has since gone into liquidation.
The chain, which is notorious for its “great burgers and rude service,” offers diners a theatrical experience where they are mocked by waitresses with bad attitudes.
In a post on Facebook, the restaurant said ‘pop-up’ tour dates for Launceston that are continuing to be advertised will not go ahead.
“We have today been advised by the liquidators that there will not be any shows coming up,” they wrote.
“We would like to advise our customers who have purchased tickets to contact the ticketing company they purchased from (Explore Hidden) and request an immediate refund.”
“We did not have any control over the ticket sales or ticketing site, it was run by Viral Ventures and the ticketing website.”
Owner Lindelle Curran-Hrycyszyn told The Examiner the initial event was a success and the restaurant was gearing up to bring Karen’s Diner back to Launceston.
“We were quite happy when they approached us to do some more events,” she told the paper.
“We’re at a loss for it, and we were trying to bring some new things to the local community for people to do when they’re out dining.”
“It’s just disappointing that we haven’t been able to continue that considering that it was actually a successful event.”
The restaurant will now go through the liquidation process with the hope of recouping money, having to “wait and see like everyone else.”
“It’s going to be a bit of a process to see what happens with it all, but we probably won’t recoup anything from that,” she said.
It’s understood a venue in Hobart is also owed money.