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Paddy McKillen Jnr’s Press Up empire is in the spotlight again after landlords at two of the hospitality group’s Dublin locations launched High Court actions over claims of unpaid rent.

The Business Post reports that the owners of the buildings playing host to two Press Up restaurants – Angelina’s, on Percy Place in Dublin 4, and Mackenzie’s, on Hanover Quay in Dublin 2 – initiated proceedings against The Workman’s Club Limited, one of the main operating companies in the group.

According to court documents, Ilim Property Fund, an Irish Life-connected investment fund and owner of the Percy Place building, alleges it is owed nearly €119,000 in unpaid rent and other charges as of April 2024. Separately, a company linked to the family office of Amancio Ortega – the Spanish billionaire Zara founder, and owner of the Opus Building on Hanover Quay – is seeking judgment for €203,000 against Workman’s over unpaid rent and other costs.

It comes at a time of upheaval for the group where long-term associates of Paddy McKillen Snr have just been appointed to a number of companies across the group. London-based alternative lender Cheyne Capital is also reportedly poised to take a majority stake in the business.

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C&C boss got pay hike before exit

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