British chef Jason Atherton with Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia.


Dubai restaurateur Jason Atherton bar fight: restobar faces eviction

After a bar fight involving Dubai restaurateur Jason Atherton, F Café and Bar is facing eviction from a commercial complex in the Philippines.

The eviction comes less than a month after personnel of the high-end restobar in Cebu City got involved in the brawl with the British chef.

Operators of commercial complex 88th Avenue have reportedly terminated the contract lease of F Café and Bar, citing in a letter dated January 2 the “recent controversy” as the reason for its decision.

“Recent controversy which involved your establishment and which has become viral has made us decide to avail of the provisions of Paragraph XIX on Pre-Termination in all our Contracts of Lease,” the letter said.

F Café and Bar has been given 60 days from January 2 before it will be evicted. Francis Lee, owner of F Café and Bar, confirmed to SunStar Cebu that he received the notice.

It comes after Michelin-star chef Atherton, who owns a restaurant in Cebu, was reportedly beaten up last December by a group of men, reportedly with the help of restobar staff.

Atherton reportedly confronted the men after they harassed his 17-year-old daughter. This led to a brawl inside the restobar, which resulted in Atherton sustaining bruises on his face. F Café and Bar claimed that Atherton initiated the attack.

Atherton was awarded a Michelin star for his flagship restaurant, Pollen Street Social. He first arrived in Dubai in 2001 to work for Gordon Ramsay’s fine dining restaurant, Verre, at the now defunct Hilton Dubai Creek. In 2010, Atherton opened his own restaurant company, The Social Company, and has since opened several successful restaurants around the world, including Dubai, London, Hong Kong and Cebu. ICA/Expat Media

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