Kenny Kunene to close ZAR

2012-01-23 07:57
Gabisile Ndebele
Johannesburg - Business tycoon Kenny Kunene's popular ZAR nightspot in Johannesburg is closing down. The club, which rose to notoriety when Kunene ate sushi off a model's body during his birthday celebration, will move to other premises in less than six weeks.

According to one source, Kunene and his business partner, Gayton McKenzie, were allegedly not able to pay the rent for their luxurious rooftop club because the pair had blown their money "giving free drinks to clients all the time".

Speaking to City Press, ex-con Kunene laughed off allegations of outstanding rental fees, stating that his move to shut up shop was "based purely on the property owners wanting to extend the building".

"How can I spend R20m on a project – leasing the place and furnishing it – only to be kicked out? I even installed a private lift last year so that my clientele could go straight from the parking to the club," said Kunene.

"We are moving our business elsewhere to a bigger space," he said.

'Going out with a bang'

A former ZAR employee told City Press that the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, where ZAR occupies the rooftop, was not on good terms with the club owners because the club had "cost" them their clients.

"The hotel suffered. No one wanted to go there because their wives would suspect them of going to the club. People also could not hang out in peace with their mistresses for fear that they’ll be caught on camera," said the source.

But the Radisson’s general manager, Erica Olivier, vehemently denied the allegations. "No, no, no! There is nothing like that. ZAR is a tenant on the premises like we are. These rumours are totally not true. All we know is that the club wanted more space and the property owners could not give it the club," she said.

Hendrik Breitenbach, spokesperson for property owners Savannah Properties, also dismissed the rumours of rental woes.

Kunene says he plans to "throw a shit party" for the closing.

"We are going out with a bang of a party. We will have the finest of everything for all our guests. And we will be back, just in a different space."

 

Comments

  • Thukza - 2012-01-23 08:31

    The headline should have been "Kenny Kunene moves ZAR"

      George - 2012-01-23 09:23

      ZAR is broke so is Kenny Kunene. Late last year his Lamborghini was auctioned because of non payment. Read the signs, the curtains are closing. Remember when Mandla Mthembu went broke, he refused to acknowlegde it and instead went out to lease two top Lamborghini's. Kenny is broke there is no two ways about it. His assets Lambo, ZAR etc are whithering away despite the spin put to it.

      yolie.Landa - 2012-01-23 09:56

      Its about damn time... Thats where mules are recruited.

      RSole - 2012-01-23 11:06

      ZAR should move to the SARS building. It will make it easiser to conduct an investigation into his finances before he P!$$e$ all his money away and can't pay them.

      Mogori - 2012-01-23 17:43

      @ Surf City; Who is they? Don't let stupid deeds turn you into a moron yourself!!

      Makatikamusona - 2012-01-23 19:29

      Moving it to Where,I though sandton is its better market place? Maybe he can find a bigger space at alexandra TOWNSHIP.

      marc.landsberg1 - 2012-01-24 22:12

      I think that by "they" Surf City means people with "ill gotten gains" and they're slowly starting to crash and burn.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-23 08:44

    How can your headline say the club is closing when in very first para you say its moving to another location? What kind of journos work at new24? Woodwork dropouts?

      yolie.Landa - 2012-01-23 09:57

      News24 is trollish

      rbczovczov - 2012-01-23 12:33

      The journalist must have watched too much of Kenny's TV show, "SO WHAT" which has been scientifically proven to kill off 5% of a viewer's brain cells per episode.

  • Mike - 2012-01-23 08:44

    Another misleading headline - he is moving to different premises, not closing

      Narike - 2012-01-23 10:48

      He's only saying that to save face. ZAR is finished, kaput. It will be no more.

      Mike - 2012-02-24 13:24

      he should have said where to, logic Mike do you like the dude that much you cant see that ZAR is closed. An inteprenuer will use that opportunity to tell his clients where to find him

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-23 08:57

    Gabisile Ndebele chose a bad misleading headline. Fail.

  • manyawuza.faku.ah.thahla.poodle - 2012-01-23 09:17

    True Thukza...bt these journalists...yaz'!!! Thaaatha Sushi Executive...baThaaaathe!!!

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-01-23 09:20

    Misleading headline - waste of time

  • George - 2012-01-23 09:22

    ZAR is broke so is Kenny Kunene. Late last year his Lamborghini was auctioned because of non payment. Read the signs, the curtains are closing. Remember when Mandla Mthembu went broke, he refused to acknowlegde it and instead went out to lease two top Lamborghini's. Kenny is broke there is no two ways about it. His assets Lambo, ZAR etc are whithering away despite the spin put to it.

  • bonang.sebego - 2012-01-23 09:34

    Misleading headline indeed #fail !

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-23 09:38

    This reporter must be one of those who passed matric with 30 percent... Or rather she thinks we did!

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-01-23 10:31

    How can this be the most read article on News24? 24.com please separate the idiot news posted on Channel24 from real news on News24, so the idiots can stay here and the rest of us can be protected from this gossip crap and not tricked into coming here... I thought this had something to do with the South African Rand (ZAR), not some douche and his douchebag night club... shame on you guys, shame...

  • derekneilmaclachlan - 2012-01-23 10:34

    Sounds like bulls#it to me. Where there is even a hint of a rumer there has to be some truth!!!

  • Dennis - 2012-01-23 11:34

    It could not have happened to a nicer ex convict !!

  • Nathi - 2012-01-23 12:25

    Who cares about Kenny Kunene? So he's closing the club. And then?.......

  • rbczovczov - 2012-01-23 12:31

    In other news: "WHO CARES!"

  • rlmbennett - 2012-01-23 12:37

    Can somebody please convince this guy that money cannot buy class.

  • mabeeden - 2012-01-23 12:49

    Who actually cares?

  • Preshen - 2012-01-23 12:58

    Kenny went from eating Lucky star to Sushi ,he is a true inspiration

      Heidi - 2012-01-23 15:09

      He will be back to Lucky Star soon!

  • amos.mcinga - 2012-01-23 13:25

    Kenny and monney!

  • Samora - 2012-01-23 13:34

    who cares?

  • Gordon - 2012-01-23 16:16

    Fast women & slow horses.

  • Ryan - 2012-01-23 16:26

    LOL!!! Bankrupt LOSER!!!

  • Sylvia - 2012-01-23 19:12

    Ugh! That photo is enough to put me off Sushi forever.

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-01-23 19:28

    Moving it to Where,I though sandton is its better market place? Maybe he can find a bigger space at alexandra TOWNSHIP.

  • Lebohang - 2012-01-25 13:32

    man zar is closing

  • Lebohang - 2012-01-25 13:33

    kenny kunene also has a ralbum

      Scelo.Masuku - 2012-04-25 14:46

      I like the man,his good 4 himself when r pipo goin to appreciate a black brother doin good 4 himself n those surroundin him...the track is dope too,coz there is ths song called \Young Summer\,I mean that song is jus nccaaa!.I love it...

      Scelo.Masuku - 2012-04-25 14:51

      I mean really if his closing down his bar due to either personnal or financial issues,as the man likes to say *SO WHAT*...

  • Lebohang - 2012-01-25 13:34

    kenny sucks

  • Lebohang - 2012-01-25 13:34

    k

  • Lebohang - 2012-01-25 13:36

    l

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