The closure of the Scheherazade restaurant in Acland Street St Kilda has been terribly sad for many in Melbourne’s Jewish community and for many others who thought munching through one of their schnitzels as a nearly divine experience.
The former owners of the restaurant owned the freehold and had leased it to new operators years ago. In recent times there was talk the landlords had been made an offer they couldn’t refuse from a prospective new tenant who thought the space was ideal for their business. Acland Street is a very prosperous shopping strip within Melbourne’s latte curtain andÂ is reputedly very difficult to find space in, with most of it tied up by successful tenants on long leases.
Today’s Herald Sun reveals the shocking news that the company that got Scheherazade turfed out is owned by notorious businessman Solomon Lew and his children including Peter Lew who were said by community insiders today to have once been regular diners at the famed restaurant before they “moved up” to Toorak from Caulfield years ago.
Controversial retailer FCUK will lease the space, at a much higher rent than the restaurant was paying. FCUK is owned by a complex series of trusts whose beneficiaries include Solomon Lew and his children. It is run by Peter Lew and sells supposedly risquÃ© T-shirts targetted at high school children with epithets like FCUK Me, FCUK – Intercourse High School and so on. It’s the kind of humour that appeals to teens, creepy ad executives with ponytails and a disproportionate number of shoppers at Fountain Gate.
Scheherazade’s owners plan to reopen their comfort food paradise in another property, probably in Caulfield.