A Spokane County Superior Court judge has granted a landlord’s request to evict a controversial downtown bar.
Judge Linda Tompkins signed a writ of restitution Wednesday morning that will oust the Downtown Spokane Daiquiri Factory from its location at 707 W. Main Ave., attorneys and court officials confirmed. The landlord, Delaware-based FPA Crescent, successfully argued Jamie Pendleton and his business owed them more than $2,000 in back rent since moving in to the property in February.
Pendleton said in an email Wednesday afternoon the business would appeal the writ. The business is eying other locations, including spots closer to Gonzaga’s campus, Pendleton added.
The bar prompted an outcry from protesters over the name of one of its drinks, “Date Grape Kool-Aid,” shortly after opening. FPA Crescent attorney Todd Reuter said Tompkins did not rule Wednesday on claims made by Pendleton that the landlord harassed him after public protests over the drink name, which was eventually changed.
“We’ll be happy to discuss that at another hearing, on another day,” Reuter said.
Pendleton’s attorney was not immediately available for comment. Reuter said FPA Crescent is in the process of obtaining a bond of $2,500 they will have to turn over to the county, which will then issue the writ. The Sheriff’s Office then has 20 days to serve the papers and remove the business from the property, according to the writ.
Pendleton and his business are also involved in a legal battle with Gonzaga University over alleged theft of the school’s trademarks.