THREE companies formerly behind some of Bendigo’s best known cafes have been placed into voluntary liquidation owing more than $200,000 to creditors.
JP Downey and Co was appointed liquidator for Moran Investments Group Pty Ltd, Moran Hospitality & Leisure Pty Ltd and Morcorp Cartely Pty Ltd on March 13.
The companies traded as Bath Lane Cafe, Cafe Au Lait and Green Olive Cafe.
Liquidator Jim Downey said the three companies owed a combined total of about $240,000 to creditors.
The Australian Tax Office is the largest creditor, with about 10 organisations owed money from each company.
The creditors met on April 2.
The Australian Tax Office declined to comment on the matter.
“Due to legislation around privacy, we are unable to discuss or provide the details of any individual taxpayers,” a statement said.
Mr Downey said the companies had been sold prior to his appointment so there were no assets remaining.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission documents show Paul Moran was the former director of the companies.
Mr Moran said the three cafes had been sold prior to the companies being placed in voluntary liquidation.
''The decision was made to place the companies into liquidation after the sale of the businesses,'' he said.
Mr Moran said the businesses were still trading and viable with the same management.
''I sold the business in January this year,'' he said.
''I’m in no way involved in those businesses.
''New people have bought those businesses.
“The businesses are solvent, they’re trading.
“All staff are gainfully employed.”
Mr Moran would not say who had purchased the businesses or for how much.