Spokane County sheriff’s deputies were posted at a controversial downtown bar Monday morning facilitating a court-ordered eviction.
The Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory lost a last-ditch legal effort to keep its doors open Thursday, failing to come up with the $30,000 bond ordered by a judge to delay the eviction. It was ordered after the Delaware-based landlord, FPA Crescent, successfully argued owner Jamie Pendleton owed more than $2,200 in back rent earlier this month.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Mark Gregory said the deputies were on-scene to serve as peacekeepers. Pendleton was not present, but an attorney for the business was, Gregory said.
The bar, which opened in February, earned ire from the public after naming one of its drinks “Date Grape Kool-Aid.” The controversy sparked multiple federal lawsuits which remain before the courts.
Pendleton said in an email earlier this month should the eviction go through, he was pondering other locations for the business, including a site closer to Gonzaga University. The school is among those suing Pendleton for allegedly stealing their trademarks. Pendleton has countered Gonzaga did not have the registered rights to the trademarks in question.