‘A shadow of the industry that we were’: Restaurateur Chris Lucas says Victoria can’t rebuild until there is accountability


Restaurateur Chris Lucas says Melbourne can’t rebuild until there is government accountability for the mistakes made during the coronavirus pandemic.

The LUCAS Restaurants founder – which boasts institutions including Society, Grill Americano and Chin Chin – was an outspoken critic of the Victorian government over the course of the pandemic.

Mr Lucas said the restaurant industry is now a shadow of what it once was after 262 days of lockdowns and various restrictions forced upon businesses.

“It certainly wasn’t good for me, and it certainly wasn’t good for Melbourne or for our…



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