El Pueblo and Sammy’s Gourmet Burgers & Beers restaurant shut down in early August after five years. RICH GILLETTE/STAFF

Doubleday’s co-owners sue Springboro physician in lease dispute

Tavern had signed lease to open 2nd location in Springboro

The co-owners of Doubleday’s Grill & Tavern in the Cross Pointe Shopping Centre in Centerville had signed a lease and were prepared to open a second location in Springboro this summer until a leasing dispute at least temporarily scuttled the deal, according to a lawsuit filed in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

SJS Thomas LLC, which consists of three members of the Thomas family that owns Doubleday’s, filed the lawsuit against Springboro physician Dr. George Kaiser, who owns the building at 776 N. Main S. (Ohio 741) in the Marketplace at Settler’s Walk retail center. The building housed the former El Pueblo and Sammy’s Gourmet Burgers & Beers restaurant that shut down in early August after five years.

In the lawsuit, Doubleday’s owners claim they and Kaiser agreed to and signed a lease in January that called for Doubleday’s to take occupancy of the 280-seat restaurant as of June 1. But the owners of El Pueblo exercised their option to renew their lease through October 2016, unbeknownst to the Doubleday’s owners, the lawsuit says.

As a result of the lost opportunity to open a restaurant, Doubleday’s’ owners have “lost and will continue to lose on a monthly basis for the next five years an amount greater than $25,000,” the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit was filed July 17, before El Pueblo closed, and Kaiser in late August asked for and received an extension of time before responding to the lawsuit, suggesting at least the possibility of a settlement. Neither Kaiser nor members of the Thomas family who are involved in the lawsuit could be reached Wednesday afternoon.

Prior to Sammy’s/El Pueblo opening in the space in August 2010, the building had sat unused for two years. It formerly housed Encore restaurant.

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