The saga with George Calombaris has continued into the new year, as his hospitality empire looks to be on the brink of collapse, according to reports.

A decision to appoint an administrator to oversee Made Establishment’s 18 restaurants and fast-food outlets is expected to be made by Monday afternoon, and is one that will impact some 500 employees.

If an administrator is called in, they could be left with no other choice but to offload unprofitable outlets.

Regardless of the decision, employees and suppliers will be paid out, sources told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

The news comes after Made Establishment was caught up in a scandal for underpaying $7.83 million to 515 current and former employees, all of whom have reportedly been reimbursed.

In 2019, Calombaris also left his role as a judge on MasterChef Australia.