Wish restaurant will be closing down permanently following the death of the rap star, Kiernan AKA Forbes. On the 10th of February, Kiernan was killed in front of the restaurant alongside his friend, Tibz. The restaurant is situated on Florida road in Durban.
In an official statement shared on social media, the director, Philani Kweyama said the eatery had a “severe downturn in business”- after the incident, hence the permanent closure of the establishment.
“In light of the tragic event on our doorstep we have experienced a severe downturn in business which leaves the directors with no choice but to close the business permanently as the brand equity of Wish On Florida has been deeply hindered.”
“Wish On Florida was certainly a wish come true for two black entrepreneurs who dedicated the past three years to building a successful black-owned restaurant in the heart of Durban, winning the Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur Award at the Durban Tourism Business Awards in 2022,” he said.
The statement continues: “We would also like to thank the various brands and suppliers who’ve been part of Wish On Florida family since we opened our doors. With very little knowledge of the industry, you walked us through the business of hospitality and delivered exceptional service and for that, we will forever be grateful.
“Last, but not least – our staff members who are the fabric that held Wish On Florida together – this was not an easy decision. Our efforts to keep our doors open to ensure the security of your employment has been difficult, and unfortunately, the above-mentioned has led to an untimely farewell.”
“Thank you for your outstanding dedication and passion for providing the best service and quality to Wish On Florida. Thank you for embracing and embodying our vision and bringing it to life every day for the last three years. Thank you for making Wish On Florida a dream come true.”
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