A group of Dayton-area restaurateurs have shelved their plans to open a new sandwich shop in a Kettering strip mall.
Elizabeth Wiley and her partners had planned to open their newest venture, ScissorTail Sandwich Shop, at 3141 Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48), a space they leased in Fountain Square shopping center for Sagecraft Catering & Events.
The catering company is phasing down.
Wiley said the shopping center was recently sold and the new owner wanted to increase the lease amount.
“(The new owner) decided that our lease didn’t specifically say that we could use it for (a sandwich shop). We were told that we would have to have a new lease, which would mean more money,” Wiley said. “I didn’t feel I could spend anymore money for a place where I could have (about a dozen) seats and have limited space for prosperity.”
Heather Murphy, the vice president of Fountain Square owner Miami Valley Commercial Group, said her attorney plans to file a lawsuit against Wiley and her partners for default.
She said she was not at liberty to say how long Wiley’s group defaulted on their lease or in what way.
Murphy said claims Wiley made to this news organization misrepresented facts.
“They never supplied plans. They never supplied anything,” she said.
Murphy said Miami Valley Commercial Group purchased the shopping center in late March and plans to rename and update it.
“This is going to be a very exciting time,” she said.
Wiley said an early drawing was provided to Miami Valley Commercial Group. The project never got to the point where architectural drawings were done, she said.
Wiley said she and her partners moved out of the building and stopped making payments on the advice of their attorney.
Her attorney will be in discussion with the attorney representing Miami Valley Commercial, Wiley said.
“We fully understand our obligations as a tenant and will fulfill these obligations,” Wiley said.
Wiley, the owner of Wheat Penny Oven and Bar in the Oregon District and Meadowlark Restaurant in Washington Twp., said she and her partners are disappointed that the plan has fallen through.
They had planned to make their own bread and were working on sandwich recipes.
“We are now going to look for a new space with more space,” she said. “A cool little funky sandwiches shop would have been so much fun.”
She hopes to find a space for the new business between Kettering and downtown Dayton.
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