UPDATE: Bee biz reporter Bethany Clough has more on the Roe situation today. In her update, she writes that eviction proceedings have begun for Roe and will take 60 days. But if Roe pays its $20,756 debt, eviction will be halted.
ORIGINAL POST, 3/24: North Fresno restaurant and lounge Roe has been no stranger to controversy since it opened. But now, it looks like it’s having some financial issues and may get evicted. That’s the scoop ABC 30′s Corin Hoggard had yesterday. From his story:
The owner of the Park Place Shopping Center filed an eviction lawsuit this week against “Roe Restaurant”.
The lawsuit claims the business owes about $20 thousand, the equivalent of a little more than one month of rent.
The story didn’t give a timetable, and didn’t have comments from either restaurant management or its landlord. I called Roe this afternoon and they said they would open “like normal” today and this weekend.
This situation left me pondering a few things:
- Roe owes close to the equivalent of one month’s rent? I’m guessing in this economy there are plenty of local businesses who are behind more than one or two month’s rent. So there has to be more to this. Is it a powerplay by a landlord to push out a problematic tenant? No-nonsense debt collection? Something else?
- Roe’s rent is close to $20,000 per month?!? Daaaaaaaaaamn! Somebody call Jimmy McMillan.
- If Roe were to close, I wonder what would take its place. That space is not turn-key. It has a distinct look and would probably cost a pretty penny to re-renovate. With the amount of empty retail space in this city and that high rent, wouldn’t you just open somewhere else?
[photo: Roe on Facebook]