In what appears to be a landlord ploy much like the one that got Le Cheval evicted in Downtown Oakland this week, Scoop reports that the new owners of the Le Mars Hotel in Healdsburg have served an eviction warning to Cyrus restaurant. Remember Cyrus issued a statement about a month ago asserting they won't change despite the connected hotel's purchase by billionaire Bill Foley. Cyrus chef-owner Douglas Keane says they've been trying to contact the new ownership to determine new rent-paying logistics and received no response other than a pay-rent-or-get-out notice last week. Keane goes on to tell Scoop “I know [Foley is] the billionaire and we’re the little guys, but I promise you he’s going to have a much harder time getting rid of us than his companies did with all the homeowners they foreclosed on."
In the similar case of Le Cheval, landlord Monica Ung didn't accept several rent checks from owner Son Tran and he was later successfully evicted on charges of forfeiture. Tran told Eater his difficulty with English was a huge obstacle in defending himself properly to the judge. If the Cyrus-landlord beef does go to court, Keane won't face this problem. But it still may not be in his best interest to stay put if the relationship with the new ownership will be tainted. More on this as the story develops.
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