Reynolds Development has filed a suit seeking more than $100,000 in back rent, other fees and expenses from Cornett Hospitality, according the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Cornett operated the Max & Erma’s restaurant at Reynolds Crossing before it was padlocked by the landlord on April 1.
BizSense wrote about the incident Monday but was unable to reach the Reynolds representatives over Easter Weekend.
J. Sargeant Reynolds Jr. told the T-D that they “had no other choice” but to padlock the building:
“We hated to do it, and we feel awful for the employees,” he said.
“We worked with [the franchise operator] as long as we could. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was one we had to do.”
Reynolds Development built and leased the Max & Erma’s building to Cornett Hospitality LLC, the Henrico-based operator of restaurants in Virginia and Pennsylvania. It also was the franchise operator of the Max & Erma’s on John Rolfe Parkway that closed last year.
Phil Cornett, owner of Cornett Hospitality, said he tried to reach an agreement with them to reduce the rent but they did not agree. The 30 to 40 employees were mostly transferred to Cornett-owned Hooters and Topeka’s locations.