Yesterday, an eviction notice from the San Francisco County Sheriff's Office appeared in the window of 544 Castro St., the former location of Dante's Table.
The property's owner, Neil B. Goodhue, is asserting repossession of the premises from US 3 Victuals, Inc., the ownership entity behind Dante's Table, which closed back in May.
After Dante's Table's closure, Iza Ramen had applied for a liquor license at the location. But those plans fell through, and Iza Ramen is now set to move into the former Squat & Gobble on Fillmore Street instead. 544 Castro was also floated as a potential new location for Zapata, which was facing potential closure before it received a tentative one-year lease extension.
Documents from the SF Superior Court show that earlier this year, US 3 Victuals sought to sell the business and reassign its lease to the new buyer. According to those documents, the fair rental value of the property is at least $337 per day.
But Goodhue says that US 3 Victuals' attempt to sell cost him $4,879 in legal expenses, for his attorney's "review of documentation directly to Defendant's proposed business sale and lease assignment." Despite serving both a 10-day notice to the leaseholders on May 6th and a "Three Day Notice to Pay or Quit" on May 19th, Goodhue alleges that no payments were made. As a result, he's sought to repossess the space, terminating US 3 Victuals' lease so he can find a new tenant.
In addition to his unpaid legal expenses, Goodhue is also seeking "rent and all other pertinent charges owed, interest on any unpaid amounts, damages for the unlawful detention of the premises at a rate of at least equivalent to the daily reasonable rental value of the premises, attorneys' fees, cost of the lawsuit and for other further relief as the court may deem proper."
We reached out to both the owners of Dante's Table and the legal team representing Goodhue, but they declined to comment on the situation.