Ignite, the premium West End operator which was once a favourite of Prince William and Harry, has been taken into administration, MCA understands.
The Matt Hermer-led group, which operates Eclipse bars, Bumpkin restaurants, and previously Boujis club, is understood to have appointed ReSolve Advisory.
Ben Woodthorpe and Lee Manning are joint administers of Ignite Bars Ltd, which includes Eclipse in Chelsea and South Kensington.
Meanwhile other business controlled by Hermer, including BumpkinUK Limited and Boujis Limited, have changed their correspondence address to ReSolve’s, according to a recent update on Companies House.
Bumpkin, the casual dining restaurant once mooted for a national rollout, closed its Chelsea branch last year, with restaurants in South Kensington and in Westfield Stratford believed to have shut in recent weeks.
The two Eclipse bars appear to remain open, including Hermer’s first which he opened on Walton Street in 1998 after leaving his career in finance.
Celebrity and royal nightspot Boujis in Thurloe Street, Kensington, is now a Five Guys. It was mired in scandal after reportedly selling cheap prosecco to unsuspecting customers as expensive champagne, and after a mass brawl outside the venue forced it to become a private members club to save its license.
He previously operated the now-closed hotdog concept Top Dog in Soho with his socialite wife Marissa, star of US reality TV show Ladies of London.
Ignite is also understood to operate the Toy Room club in Swallow Street, Mayfair and Wyld club at the W Hotel Leicester Square.
Hermer attempted to sell the estate three years ago, appointing property advisors James Andrew International to sound out interest in the group’s then seven-strong UK estate.
He and his family are believed to have relocated to LA in around 2017.
Jonathan Shonn, former finance director of Ping Pong dim sum, has served as Ignite’s chief financial officer since 2015, and is thought to have been running the business in Hermer’s absense.
Sector stalwarts Tina English, Kevin Bacon and Jason Myers have previously served as directors at the group.
Administrators appointed at Bumpkin and Eclipse operator Ignite
Ignite, the premium West End operator which was once a favourite of Prince William and Prince Harry, has been taken into administration, MCA understands. The Matt Hermer-led group operated Eclipse bars, which remain open; Bumpkin casual dining restaurants, which have closed; and previously celebrity and royal nightspot Boujis. ReSolve Advisory has been appointed administrator of Ignite Bars Ltd, which includes Eclipse in Chelsea and South Kensington, while other business controlled by Hermer, including BumpkinUK Limited and Boujis Limited are expected to follow after their correspondence address was changed to restructuring firm ReSolve’s.