Letwin weighs in on restaurant’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing
Jeff Letwin, special counsel in Saul Ewing’s Emerging Company and Entrepreneur Services Practice, shares his thoughts on a case involving Bonnie & Clyde's restaurant, located in Wexford, Pennsylvania, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Shortly after losing a lawsuit filed by the restaurant’s property owner, Blackhawk Pine Retail LLC, the restaurant filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. In the lawsuit Blackhawk Pine Retail LLC accused the restaurant of violating its leasing agreement by misusing an exterior porch area for its dining operations. The restaurant now owes $285,860.74 in damages to the landlord, however, the Chapter 11 filing will place a stay on these damages while the case is being appealed in Superior Court. In regards to the lawsuit, Jeff, who often works with clients in the restaurant industry, said “When you’re dealing especially with restaurants, where al fresco dining has become such an important draw during the (warm weather) seasons, it has either got to be clearly defined in the lease or provided as a concession from the landlord.”
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