SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory, which made national headlines for a drink named after date rape may soon be shutting its doors. Not as a result of their infamous 'Date Grape Q-Laid' but because of unpaid rent.
On Wednesday a judge order that the Daiquiri Factory move out of its Wall Street location for unpaid rent.
The landlord of the space, FPA Crescent Associates, filed a lawsuit against the Daiquiri Factory and its owner Jamie Pendleton in May, claims the business owes more than $2,000 and has missed more than two payments.
On May 9 a letter was hand-delivered to the bar which read in part, "Based on the failure to pay rent FPA Crescent Associates has elected to terminate the lease. The tenant shall immediately surrender the premises to the landlord."
Pendleton didn't leave. Now, armed with a court order, FPA Crescent Associates has the grounds to terminate Pendleton's 90-month lease.
In court documents Pendleton claimed he paid the rent but the owners sent it back. Pendleton also claims the lawsuit stems from "the result of community bias and retaliation."
In fact, Pendleton said FPA Crescent Associates breached his lease by demanding the bar change its menu and ordering the music to be turned down.
The Daiquiri Factor has not responded to a request for comment on this story, but responded to the general community on Facebook, proclaiming both business as usual, their preparations to appeal their evictions and $1.50 bottle beer until 10 p.m. Wednesday.
There are several legal steps that have to happen now before these doors close and will be up to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office to carry out the eviction.
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