Stuart MacGill and his partner Maria O’Meagher have closed the Neutral Bay restaurant they run just weeks after the former cricketer was allegedly kidnapped.
They said the high cost of rent and the personal stress stemming from the April incident involving Mr MacGill left them with no choice but to shut the doors of Greek restaurant Aristotle’s.
The eatery is owned by Ms O’Meagher while Mr MacGill was its general manager.
In a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page on Thursday, the couple said they had been locked in negotiations with the building’s landlord seeking rent relief to deal with the ongoing impact of the pandemic.
“Unfortunately we have had no success with these negotiations as they have decided that COVID is over and wanted to increase the rent so our only action being [sic] to close the doors last Monday evening,” the post read.
“Additionally, as you would be aware we and our families have also been under a great deal of personal stress with what has happened to Stuart.
“These extra staff costs to cover our absence have also had a detrimental impact on our business.”
The couple said they would now be taking some time off and spending time with their loved ones.