Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale
THE home of what was once Caloundra's Centrepoint Buffet is up for sale.
But owner Jin Xi Jerry Li said it had nothing to do with the $17,000 fine he received in August last year after a court heard the business was dirty and had cockroaches.
Mr Li pleaded guilty to nine charges of unhygienic practices.
He said the fine and court case didn't paint a real picture of the business he ran for more than two decades.
However, he said business did "slow down" after the court case.
And he has since sold the business part of it a "few months ago" to hospitality professional Ben Lee who has opened Buffet Haus on a long lease.
Now Mr Li has put the prime piece of real estate on the market with Ray White Commercial North Coast.
Agent David Smith said it was a fantastic, tenanted investment which came with a 10-year lease.
Mr Li said business had started to return to its normal busy state not long after the court case made headlines.
"It was slow initially and then after a few months business was coming up," Mr Li said.
He said the charges against his business were levelled in November 2014 and didn't reflect the true state of affairs of the popular family restaurant.
"The photo (taken for the court case) were not true," he said.
"They were taken in the corner, the worst corner of the place."
He also said it was impossible to have a cockroach-free restaurant despite the best attempts to keep pest control up-to-date.
"Anyone who comes to have dinner was more than welcome to visit the kitchen," he said.
"If nothing but cockroach, everybody talks about that. My English is not too good and I didn't know how to argue with them.
"So I sell the business. I was too stretched, it is better to get out."
Retirement, however, is far from his mind.
"I still have Chinese restaurant, motel and fish and chips shop," he said.
"The reason I am selling has nothing to do with the health inspector."
The property has a 303 square metre area, plus exclusive use of the courtyard and nets a rent of $117,000 per year with outgoings paid by the tenant.