A dire year for our big-name butchers just got worse, with parts of the Hudson Meats empire in liquidation.
Hudson, the retail meat creation of twin-hatted chef Colin Holt, has closed its Lane Cove outlet and Toorak store in Melbourne, adding to a contraction of the group that had already seen it pull out of the Rose Bay and Surry Hills precincts.
Holt, who worked at Bistro Moncur and owned the two-hat Bistro Pave before segueing into butchery, blamed a slew of factors for his predicament, including some landlords unsympathetic to retail conditions and the impact of the drought. "Lamb hit record prices a few weeks ago," he says.
Liquidator Jamieson Louttit wasn't available for comment, but a creditors meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday.
"One of them is just a shelf company," says Holt who maintains the hard decisions have been made and staff haven't lost jobs.
"We're tightening up because I think next year is going to be a tough year," he adds.
Hudsons' Drummoyne, Cammeray and Mosman stores remain open.