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Embattled bar files lawsuit against property owner

Embattled bar files lawsuit against property owner Photo: KSTP

Updated: July 02, 2019 02:48 PM

An embattled bar that has yet to open in the Lowry Hill neighborhood of Minneapolis is now suing the owner of the property it is on, claiming issues with the building were not addressed and kept the business from opening. The lawsuit comes just three weeks after the property owner filed an eviction notice, claiming the bar didn't pay rent.

According to the lawsuit filed by Red Star Group, LLC - which planned to open a bar known as Cheers - the Minneapolis Health Department noted several violations during an inspection, which kept Cheers from opening. It claims that 1933 Lyndale, LLC, the owner of the property at 1925 Lyndale Avenue South, didn't mention any issues with the foundation or water seeping into the property, and did not make fixes to equipment as stated in the lease.

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The lawsuit states the total cost of repairs to bring all items up to code exceeds $100,000. It also states issues over parking and signage that were negotiated in the lease that the defendant allegedly did not follow through on.


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In addition to compensation for money lost due to not being able to open the business and for making the appropriate changes determined in the lease, the lawsuit also asks the court to stop the property owner from evicting the bar while the lawsuit progresses.

Last month, 1933 Lyndale, LLC, filed an eviction notice in Hennepin County, claiming the bar owed $21,625.56 in unpaid rent and fees.

According to the action, the lease runs from Jan. 1 of this year through April 30, 2024 and calls for a rental payment of $8,666.67 at the first of each month. It claims Red Star Group, LLC, never paid rent for May or June, and failed to pay a monthly common maintenance fee of $715.37 from January through June.

The bar also came under fire in past weeks when potential patrons began investigating and found past anti-Semitic Facebook posts from an individual who appears to be the owner.

The owner told KSTP last month that he "has no idea" where the past Facebook posts came from, adding that perhaps someone "made them up" or "hacked" his account. He also said he isn't an anti-Semite, and "everyone is welcome" in his bar.

KSTP reached out to the defendant's lawyer for comment but has not yet heard back.

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