[Editor's note, 7.50am, 28 October 2022: A previous version of this story stated that Janice Wong Singapore is still a part of Group MMM. This information was taken from the group's website. The confectionary brand has since clarified that it has ended its association with the group.]
SINGAPORE – Famed local culinary icon Violet Oon, and her children, have begun legal action to buy over the stake that their partner, luxury and lifestyle company Group MMM, owns in her eponymous restaurant business.
A report by the Straits Times noted that Oon and her family – daughter Tay Su-Lyn and son Tay Yiming – have 50 per cent ownership of the business.
Established in 2014, the group's brand, Violet Oon Inc., now has three outlets – at National Gallery Singapore (launched in November 2015), Ion Orchard (opened in late 2018) and Jewel Changi Airport (launched in April 2019). Its first restaurant, which Oon opened in 2012, and was located in Bukit Timah, has since closed.
Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill, located at Clarke Quay, has also closed.
Set to go to court
The Business Times reported that Group MMM, owned by businessman Manoj M Murjani, said it disagreed with the allegations in the legal action.
The group reportedly said that it would take all necessary actions to protect and defend its legal rights, and would be filing its defence by 8 Nov.
Other brands within the Group MMM stable include Great Taste Asia, the Asian chapter of the Guild of Fine Food – Great Taste UK. Janice Wong Singapore – an edible art and dessert company – ended its association with the group from February 2021.
The case is set to be heard in the High Court on Friday (28 October 2022).