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Bel & Brio owner Mark Richerdson to manage Sydney gay nightclub ARQ


An embattled businessman who former staff claim built a ‘toxic culture’ at his now shuttered restaurant is behind the reopening of one of Australia’s most iconic gay clubs.

Mark Richerdson, 38, had owned Italian restaurant Bel & Brio in Barangaroo, in Sydney’s CBD, before the business was forcibly closed last month owing $1.8million to Lendlease in unpaid rent.

Three ex-employees at the high-end venue spoke to Daily Mail Australia and claimed they waited months to be reimbursed after being put on the minimum wage during Covid.

An email, seen by this publication, that Mr Richerdson sent to staff claimed the workers would be paid the difference ‘once we get back on our feet’.

‘We are definitely worried for future staff working for him because we believe he’ll keep doing the same as he did to staff at Bel & Brio,’ a former staffer said.

The ex-staffers claim they are also still waiting on superannuation after not being paid any for months and claim the environment at Bel & Brio was…



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