Auckland establishment Soul Bar and Bistro has shared the loss of a beloved and long serving member of its family, Des Dillon.
“It is with a heavy heavy heart that we let you all know that our beloved and treasured Des has sadly passed away,” a statement on Soul’s Facebook page begins.
“He was the true epitome of Soul, always going above and beyond and creating memories for so many people far and wide.
For 17 years at Soul he has been a part of engagements, anniversaries, Friday long lunching (Monday long lunching), casual drinks, momentous occasions, but no matter the occasion he found a way to make you feel special and his supporters are endless.
The Soul team are completely shattered by this news and all we can do is send our best wishes and love to his family. We love you so much Des, forever in our hearts.”
Many in the industry have shared their condolences, all of which echo the sentiment of what a truly lovely and warm hearted man Des was. He will be a great loss to the Soul team and the wider hospitality community.