We told you about the ongoing legal battles that the owners of local coffeeshop Pudge Knuckles were having with slumlord Jared Kushner.
Now a second business in the Kent Avenue complex is refusing to pay rent due to neglect:
An Italian restaurant that leases space in a luxury apartment building owned by President Trump’s son-in-law has refused to fork over rent — the owners claiming they’re fed up with shoddy conditions and construction noise. The food fight erupted in February, when La Nonna, the eatery at 184 Kent Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, stopped paying its monthly tab to the landlord, a holding company owned by Jared Kushner.
Three months later, the landlord filed a nonpayment petition in Brooklyn housing court against La Nonna, saying the restaurant owed $72,783 in back rent and that the owners were facing eviction.
La Nonna owners argue in the July 10 counterfiling that scaffolding around the building prevents the eatery from offering outdoor seating, cutting off potential revenue. The filing asks a judge to dismiss the housing court proceeding.
The scaffolding also obscured La Nonna’s sign. The restaurant owners said they made repeated complaints about the scaffolding, but the landlord didn’t do anything to fix the problem…
The restaurant’s owners said the walls and ceiling also show water damage dating to when a sprinkler system was activated to douse a fire that broke out in the floor above. The damage was never fixed and the restaurant hasn’t been compensated, according to the filing.
Building construction has also apparently made for deafening dining.
“The construction has caused excessive and unreasonable noise within the premises,” the filing states.
If you haven’t read it yet, this article from the Times is essential. It details how Kushner Companies routinely neglect their properties and then bully tenants into expensive court battles. And be sure to swing by La Nonna and Pudge Knuckles and give them a little extra business.