HELL’S KITCHEN — A Swiss-Austrian eatery in Hell’s Kitchen has closed after more than 35 years in business in the wake of a yearslong legal battle with its landlord.
The restaurant’s owner, Maria Lohmeyer, said the eatery recently lost an approximately five-year legal battle to stay in the space.
The restaurant moved to the address 10 years ago, after operating out of a space across the street for 25 years, she noted. It had had separate lease agreements with two different landlords for the restaurant space and an adjacent garden, a March court decision showed.
The restaurant maintained that it had an option to renew both leases through August 2015, but the two landlords claimed the leases expired in August 2010 and filed to evict the eatery from the space, the filing said.
The court ultimately ruled in favor of the landlords.
“The lease expired in 2010, and the parties did not come to an agreement as to a renewal because [the owner] had claimed that her lease didn’t expire and that she had all these options that turned out not to be true,” said attorney Joseph Goldsmith of Kossoff PLLC, who represents the landlords, Reyllc LLC and 315 West 48th Street Realty Corp..
An attorney for Lohmeyer did not respond to request for comment.
On Tuesday, Lohmeyer said she’d gotten “a lot” of emails lamenting the closure.
“You never know, I might open up [again], I might not,” she said.