Food court tenants sue over lost profits, added expenses for lease non-renewal

By Dan Harkins | Apr 7, 2015

The former tenants of a Cook County food court are suing for the money they lost when their new landlord refused to renew their leases.

According to a lawsuit filed March 3 in Cook County Circuit Court, Windy City's Finest Inc.; R.O.C. Hospitality Group Inc., doing business as Pueblo; The Works North Loop Inc.; Byeung Hean Lee, doing business as Green Apple Grill and More; and Shahaamir Inc., doing business as Wing Kingz, are suing Garvey Court LLC. According to the lawsuit, the former owner of the food court where the plaintiffs leased space, Dearborn Retail, underwent bankruptcy in 2013 and 2014, during which Garvey Court took over ownership of the property.

Since Garvey Court refused to renew their leases, the plaintiffs are seeking judgment for the fair market value of their leases; the value of capital improvements; relocation costs; and lost profits.

Each plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs.

They are represented by Matthew P. Bachochin of Golan and Christie LLP of Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 15-L-2178.

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