Primebar allegedly flooded former Calhoun Square location by plugging sink, running water

Categories: Business
primebarcalhounsq.jpg
Primebar's no-good-very-bad run in Calhoun Square makes Il Gatto look like a smashing success by comparison.
A lawsuit filed by the owner of Calhoun Square alleges that management of the recently failed Primebar location didn't pay rent almost from the day the bar and restaurant opened and intentionally damaged the property when it closed for good last month after just eight months in business.

SEE ALSO: 350-pound Wisconsin man picketing restaurant after he's cut off during all-you-can-eat fish fry

The lawsuit seeks more than $1 million in damages, including more than $250,000 in unpaid rent.

From Finance & Commerce (emphasis mine):
Primebar opened at Calhoun Square in July 2012. According to the lawsuit, the tenant was already falling behind on its rent by September. On Sept. 11, 2012, Calhoun Square management sent Primebar a notice of default for nearly $127,000 in unpaid rent and other charges. The lawsuit contends that staying current on rent was an ongoing issue for Primebar and details four checks from the tenant that were "returned for insufficient funds."

The lawsuit also charges that a week after Primebar ceased operations, security officers at Calhoun Square discovered that the space was flooded with standing water in the dining room. According to the complaint: "It was soon determined that the cause of the flooding was a sink in the restroom intentionally plugged with paper towels while the sink's faucet ran on full."
Primebar, which also has locations in Chicago, Dallas, and Wesley Chapel, Florida, was ultimately evicted from Calhoun Square, making it the second restaurant to close in recent years in the space that was the longtime home of Figlio before it was closed and born again as Il Gatto.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


My Voice Nation Help
9 comments
suzan006
suzan006

Calhoun Square seems to be bad luck for some businesses, i.e. The Independent. That spot must be cursed. 

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

Middle finger to CS They get tenants and then raise the rent thousands of dollars, no wonder businesses fail there. Prime bar was doomed since day one, granted, but thats just payback.

Kathy Drews
Kathy Drews

This really sucks. Why so childish Primebar?

Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

thought s big chain resto will last longer....

bryanwade3
bryanwade3

WORST BAR EVER... DIDN'T EVEN HAVE CHIPS AND SALSA !!!!

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

Happens all the time. Everyone wants a piece of the pie.

lifeondosadi
lifeondosadi

@jason.dorweilerI'm fairly certain once you've signed a contracted lease, you can't just change it willy-nilly and expect a court to hold it up. I'm not sure if you are directly aware of it "happening all the time" or what, but I've been through the commercial lease process a handful of times, and a legally-binding agreement that can be changed at the whim of either party would be a new one to me.

Now Trending

Minnesota Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...