Gotta love a good restaurant real estate battle, right? We might, but we’re guessing Jared Kushner does not.
The latest ordeal with Brooklyn restaurant La Nonna has us cringing more than anything else, especially since pizza and pasta is on the line. It all started this past winter when the owners stopped paying its rent to its landlord, a holding company owned by none other than Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The owners of the restaurant claimed their refusal to pay stemmed from “shoddy conditions and construction noises.”
The tit-for-tat policy of the Trump family certainly didn’t skip this holding company, which retaliated by opening up a nonpayment petition in a local housing court for $72,783, which they claimed was owed in back rent.
Earlier this month, La Nonna came back by saying that the building’s lackluster look is destroying their business slinging pasta and pizza (and other Italian delectables). They are upset that scaffolding surrounding the building is shutting out the option for outdoor seating and that the construction has concealed the restaurant signage, according to the New York Daily News. Apparently, the landlord isn’t doing anything to address these issues and the restaurant owners paid for a new sign to deal with it themselves. They also made allegations of water damage and dining with “excessive and unreasonable noise for patrons.” Yikes!
Here’s to hoping something works out. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a good caprese without bothering with conversation, you know where to go.