The national franchise owner of Gengy's Mongolian BBQ Buffet in New Plymouth has promised to pay up after two out-of-pocket contractors went to the streets to protest.
Dylan Watson and Stan Dromgool carried out some of the renovations on the restaurant last year.
But when they remained unpaid - Mr Watson says he is owed $7500 and Mr Dromgool $11,500 - the pair staked out the restaurant on the flat in Devon St East holding placards to make their point.
Their protest, published in the Taranaki Daily News yesterday, appears to have got action.
Yesterday franchise owner Monty Cho, of Auckland, confirmed to the paper he had spoken to Mr Watson.
Mr Watson contacted the Taranaki Daily News last night and said Mr Cho had been in touch and had agreed to pay him half of the amount owed last night with the remainder to be paid on February 20.
However Mr Watson was disappointed Mr Cho, who said he had mislaid Mr Watson's last invoice, had not turned up in person to yesterday's meeting on site.
Mr Watson said their two-man protest flushed out other contractors who told him they, too, were waiting for payment.
"The glass man, plumber and electrician all turned up. None have been paid," Mr Watson said.
- Taranaki Daily News
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