The Grilled Cheese restaurant in Kensington Market is in some trouble: it’s temporarily closed after allegations of improper payment and less than stellar business practices.
An investor for the company confirmed the restaurant’s closing. “He has seen the story on Global News, and now that this information has come to light for him, is in the process of reaching out to the employees and all concerned parties and will provide an update on how the situation will be rectified as quickly as possible,” said spokeswoman Theresa Micallef of tenfour Communications.
Since Global News broke the story on Saturday, four more employees publicly alleged that the restaurant’s owner, Robbie Yuill, paid them under the table, but didn’t always follow through.
“We’re struggling just to pay our cellphone bills, rent, and eat. It’s just not fair,” said Rex Burton. He worked at The Grilled Cheese in the spring for two months. After a few weeks, he said, he started not to get paid and was owed $300. When he asked about his money, Burton said a manager agreed to pay him, but got some backlash from Yuill.
“Okay you little f*** you’re f***** that’s all I have to say. Uncle Jay Jays coming goodbye,” Yuill allegedly texted Burton.
“I was a bit intimidated,” said Burton, who says he later returned the money.
The grilled cheese staple in Kensington opened in 2009 and gets tons of glowing reviews online. But many former employees aren’t so thrilled – many say the spot isn’t run right.
“I had approached [Yuill] for a budget: what can I spend on food, what can I spend on staff? I was told these are things that aren’t important,” said Anna Costa, who says she wasn’t paid and that Yuill owes her $800. She says a group of employees is considering launching a complaint with the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
Global News says the Ministry confirmed that it’s investigating complaints filed from two people.