The Brisbane based restaurant British Colonial Co. who recently came under attack on social media have announced plans to extend their franchise.

Far from being discouraged by the public backlash to their ‘plantation style, club setting,’ where ‘the adventure of east meets west’ the proprietors announced this week they will be expanding their business into new territories.

The first site for development, in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg, has further tarnished the company’s reputation.  On busy Sydney Rd, local residents have been anticipating the opening of the ‘Indian Biryani House,’ however in the past week the signs in the shopfront windows have been replaced, declaring the site ‘under new management’ of the British Colonial Co.

Similar stories have also been reported in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta.  Two locations on Philip St and Church St, reserved as start-up restaurant locations for newly arrived refugees from Iraq and South Sudan have now been ‘acquired’ by the British Colonial Co.

A statement from the British Colonial Co. confirmed the ‘changes in management,’ however reported that all former business owners and employees of the respective ventures would be offered employment at the British Colonial Co. restaurants and be paid $7.60 per hour, less than half the minimum wage.

The restaurant has also announced ‘exciting’ new menu items to coincide with their expansion, including many British favourites, renamed to suit the modern palette – Smashed Potato with Encased Ground Beef, Catch of the day with a side of Deconstructed Potatoes, Pumpkin Seed Sourdough & Churned Milk Pudding and the branded ‘Room Temperature’ Craft Beer.

The original hipsters: British style deconstructed potatoes
The original hipsters: British style deconstructed potatoes