Last week Judge Randy Wilson (yes, the same judge who ruled earlier this year in the Ashby Highrise case) granted a temporary injunction preventing the owner of the converted bungalow at 705 E. 11th St. from locking out or evicting Zelko Bistro — or putting a for lease sign in front of the Heights restaurant (as caught in the photo at right from last month). Zelko was required to post a bond equal to a single month’s rent under the previous lease; the ruling requires the restaurant’s owners to comply with the terms of that lease as well.
Zelko had filed suit at the end of last month, claiming its landlord, Pappa K LLC, had maneuvered the restaurant out of a 5-year extension promised in the original lease. Answering Zelko’s claims in the lawsuit, Pappa K blamed delays in renewing the lease — which expired at the end of June — on the restaurant. The judge’s ruling on August 20th gave Zelko the protection it asked for, but ordered both sides to mediate the dispute within 30 days.
- Previously on Swamplot: Zelko Bistro Fights To Stay Open by Filing Suit Against Its Landlord; Zelko Bistro: We’re Not Gone Yet; Zelko Bistro Is Soon To Be Gone from E. 11th St.
Photos: H-Town Chow Down; The Heights Life
Good. Hopefully the landlord gets his head on straight.
Given that it got this far and the tenant was ordered to pay a bond, then there MUST be a valid argument on the landlord’s side.
To Mr. CommonSense: Everyone knows Zelko had First Option to buy! After paying 7 years of ‘ON TIME’ Triple Net Lease, they are certainly entitled to the 5 year auto renewal….however landlords delayed providing docs to resign & then with less terms. Zelko has been screwed this entire term, however has kept public (social media) out of the business part. It’s a success. The chef & owners are successful. Everyone wants the business, the space….even the greedy landlords. That makes sense….other ‘true’ business owners get it. There is your proof of knowing nothing.