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Buffalo Wild Wings chickens out on Harlem lease

first_imgThe 300 West 125th Street location of Buffalo Wild Wings is closing for good. (Google Maps, Getty)Buffalo Wild Wings has flown the coop in Harlem.A franchisee of the restaurant chain is being sued by landlord Grid Properties after allegedly skipping out on almost $800,000 in rent at 300 West 125th Street. In addition, the lawsuit claims Buffalo Wild Wings owes $7.7 million in accelerated rent, since the lease is set to expire April 30, 2030, according to court records.The saga goes back several years: Buffalo Wild Wings signed a 15-year lease for the West 125th Street location in 2015, according to a suit filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court.But two times — on July 24, 2018 and October 7, 2019 — Grid Properties gave the restaurant five-day notices of default after it did not pay the fixed rent it was owed under the terms of the lease.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreCarmine’s in Times Square sues landlord to stave off evictionJudges mixed on how government shutdowns affect leasesRestaurant, luxury retailer duke it out for sidewalk space: lawsuit Email Address* Tags Full Name* Message* harlemReal Estate LawsuitsRetail Real Estate Share via Shortlink Buffalo Wild Wings stopped paying rent altogether from October 2019 through December 2019, and again beginning January 2020 through August 2020. And on January 21, 2020, the chain notified the landlord that it had vacated the premises.The landlord is seeking a money judgment of just over $8.5 million, for the rental arrears and accelerated rent. Buffalo Wild Wings declined to comment. An attorney for Grid Properties did not respond to requests for comment.It’s not the first time landlords have gotten fired up over Buffalo Wild Wings. In January, a franchisee of the brand was sued over missed rent at its Times Square location at 253 West 47th Street. In that case, landlord Friedman Properties alleges that the chain refused to pay $3 million in rent and other fees for its 15,000-square-foot space.Contact Sasha Jones Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Dutch gamble on ‘intelligent lockdown’ to beat coronavirus

first_img‘Difficult to stay home’ Her neighbor, bookstore owner Marijn de Koeijer, agreed. “I think it would be very difficult to stay at home all day. I’m very happy with the opportunities we have, even if they are limited,” he said among his bookshelves a few minutes walk from the central railway station in The Hague, the seat of the Dutch government.The government itself has won the “support of the population” with its measures as they are “easier to defend and explain to the people”, said de Koeijer.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte — who came up with the phrase “intelligent lockdown” — has been clear on the policy.”We don’t work like that in the Netherlands, where the government says ‘you have to do this, you have to do that,” Rutte told a press conference at the end of March.The authorities have admonished the public when the country’s beaches have become too crowded, but while police have closed car parks to stop crowds flocking there at the weekends, they remain open.The Dutch position — very similar to Sweden’s — also reflects a wider philosophical split in both Europe and the world on how to balance the need to curb the disease against the catastrophic economic damage caused by harsh lockdowns.Rutte, for example, has previously said that it was important to build “herd immunity” and that much of the Dutch population would get the disease — a controversial concept that appeared to have been backed by the British government at one stage.Dutch policy has not always gone down well with its neighbors though, with Belgium — one of the worst affected countries — initially grumbling that the Netherlands was not strict enough. ‘Convince the population’ But the Dutch believe they have made the right choice compared to countries like Italy, Spain, France and Belgium as the lockdowns there drag on and governments struggle to work out how to ease the restrictions.So far, compared with the very heavy death toll and high number of infected in these countries, the Dutch approach seems to be working, with 4,711 lives lost and 38,802 cases reported for a population of just over 17 million.”Governments need to convince the population that these are good measures,” said Frits Rosendaal, a professor of clinical epidemiology at Leiden University.The number of coronavirus patients currently in hospital is falling, which shows the Dutch approach “has absolutely had an effect” and that its decision to observe less strict measures than other European countries was “responsible — medically and economically,” Rosendaal said.”The two aren’t exclusive. You can’t have a healthy economy if half the population is in hospital.” At his bookstore, Marijn de Koeijer says business is now down by about half from normal, whereas at the start of the coronavirus crisis it was down by about 70 to 80 percent.”Every book we sell counts,” he says. Schools meanwhile start to reopen from May 11. “My friend in Belgium has to stay at home and is only allowed to go out to walk her dog in the street. I mean, come on, be serious,” says Bianca Kragten, who runs a bike shop in The Hague.Cheerfully ignoring the absence of the tourists who would normally be a major part of her business, Kragten hires out bikes in front of the shop, which she has decorated with little flags to “cheer up” people.”It was total panic for our business in the first few weeks. Then we realized that we were among the lucky ones who were allowed to remain open,” she said. The shops are open and families cycle along in the sunny spring weather in the Netherlands, which has opted for what it calls an “intelligent lockdown” to curb the coronavirus pandemic.In contrast to most other European countries where people are virtually housebound, the Dutch authorities have merely advised people to stay home and to keep 1.5 meters of social distance.While restaurants, bars, museums and its infamous sex clubs remain shut, and the famed cannabis ‘coffee shops’ are open for takeaway only, the outdoors-loving Dutch are otherwise allowed to leave home when they want. Topics :last_img read more

Carter scores big win on Benton County Speedway’s Urbana 5 Race Night

first_imgAfter starting 21st, Brayton Carter raced all the way to the rich Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod checkers Sunday at Benton County Speedway. (Photo by Jim Wittke) By Jerry Mackey The headliner of the night was the 25-lap Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. With the lineup included past national and IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s champi­ons, the Urbana 5 committee bolstered the winner’s share of the purse to $1,800. The ex­tra money brought a stout field of 30 SportMod drivers to The Bullring on Sunday night. Brayton Carter had started 21st and steadily worked to the front, taking the lead from Docekal late in the race setting up a thrilling ending. Current national point leader Cody Thompson started 17th, worked into second and threw a slide job at Carter coming to the checkers but was unable to make it stick, allowing Carter to get under the checkers first. His impressive run to the $1,000 IMCA Modified checkers Sunday Benton County Speedway put Kollin Hibdon in victory lane and on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. (Photo by Jim Wittke) The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event became a family affair once again as the Murtys put on another great show for the fans. The Urbana 5 trophy went to Damon Murty as he quickly got to the front and went on to score the win over his son Dallon.   Joe Docekal took the lead from his outside front row start and led for several laps before a series of yellow flags allowed some of the heavy hitters time to work toward the front from deep in the field.  VINTON, Iowa (July 5) – One hundred and forty-seven drivers packed the pit area at the Benton County Speedway Bullring Sunday night for the Urbana 5 Memorial. The very special race night was run in memory of the five youngsters who perished in a tragic traffic accident in April of 2015; the kids were all avid race fans.  Defending Side Biter Chassis North Central Region champion Tom Berry Jr. came all the way from the 14th position start to pressure Hibdon late in the race. Hibdon held off Berry by less than a car length at the finish line to earn the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth.   “I knew there would be cautions and if I just allowed myself to bide my time that I would be able to get to the front,” Carter said after adding his name to the impressive list of Urbana 5 winners. Thomp­son ran second ahead of Docekal.  The $1,000 to win IMCA Modified feature belonged to Kollin Hibdon. While Hibdon led the race flag to flag from his outside front row start, it was anything but an easy win for the teenager from Pahrump, Nev. The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks provided another entertaining feature event for the Urbana 5 special. Nathan Ballard fought off multiple challenges by Kaden Reynolds in scoring the hard-fought feature win.   Racing will continue at The Bullring Sunday, July 12 with another program featuring all weekly divisions. Action will get underway at 5 p.m.last_img read more

Irish perform well on Day 3 of Paralympics

first_imgShe finished fourth with a personal best of 12.81 in her heat but admits she’ll need to do better in the final.Nicole Turner qualified for tonight’s final of the S6 50 metre freestyle.She finished second in her heat and seventh overall in 36.70.Sean Baldwin failed to qualify for the final of the 10m prone Air Rifle, finishing 33rd out of 43 competitors. She came home in a time of 4:45.06, smashing her personal best yet again. The 21-year-old, who is originally from Lithuania but now lives and studies in Dublin, was moved up a place from 5th after another runner was disqualified.Orla Comerford is through to tomorrow’s final of the T13 100 metre heats as fastest loser.last_img

AFCON 2019: NFF Shops Burkina Faso, Benin to Replace Ghana

first_imgFrom Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is lining up a friendly match with either Burkina Faso or Benin Republic for the Super Eagles ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, to make up for the Stars of Ghana which have pulled out, THISDAY gathered last night.NFF has already confirmed the Eagles will face Africa’s highest ranked country, Senegal in Egypt, before the start of the Africa Cup of Nations in June.The match against Ghana, originally fixed for Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, was called off at the instance of the Ghanaians, who would be having their Nations Cup camping in Dubai about the same time the match is scheduled. The Nigerian federation is now holding talks with both Benin and Burkina Faso as replacement for Ghana.Like Nigeria, Benin will appear at the Nations Cup, while Burkina Faso, which incidentally to the Eagles at the 2012 final in South Africa, is not among the 24 nations that will officially campaign at the continent flagship football spectacle.A high profile friendly between Nigeria and Burkina Faso was on the cards in London last year, before the World Cup in Russia. But it was cancelled because the Burkinabe team could not secure UK visas f or the match.Nigeria will play its Africa Cup of Nations matches in Group B along Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more