Eaton Steakhouse served petition for eviction

HISTORICBUILDINGS.MH6WICHITA — The owners of the Eaton Steakhouse have been served an eviction notice for failure to pay $50,517 in rent at Eaton Place.

MDI Partnership #72, which owns the building at 523 E. Douglas, filed a petition for eviction in Sedgwick County District Court on Tuesday in addition to a lawsuit to collect back rent.

The lawsuit names Steve and Stephanie Compton of Wichita and Thomas Bowles of Augusta as defendants.

According to the lawsuit and eviction petition, SSC Enterprises, which is now B & C Group, signed a lease agreement in June 2007 for a total of $463,501, which is to be paid in monthly installments.

The lawsuit states that the Comptons and Bowles gave personal guarantees for the lease.

And the petition says the defendants have refused to leave the premises after receiving a 10-day notice to leave on June 24.

The Comptons didn’t return calls for comment.

Bowles says he only signed a guarantee to help them with their rent for the restaurant’s first 12 months, and he said that was satisfied so he shouldn’t be part of the lawsuit.

Previously, Have You Heard? reported that the restaurant was having issues paying employees.

At the time, the Comptons’ attorney, Richard Stevens of Martin Pringle, said, “Their response is that they’re very sorry that (employees) felt the need to make those allegations, but they’re completely unsubstantiated, and we don’t believe there’s any way they could prove them.”

Stevens couldn’t be reached for comment today.

There previously also were reports of vendors not getting paid, including one who e-mailed copies of two bounced checks for liquor.

“The important thing . . . is that there are a lot of happy customers that are very pleased with their experience at the steakhouse,” Stevens said earlier.

Increasingly, though, the Comptons have expressed serious concerns through their Twitter account (@EatonSteakhouse), including this one from 5:22 a.m. Monday:

“Good Morning everyone & Happy Monday and may it be the best Monday for you & us. Pray for our SBA Loan to be approve.”

Bowles says because of the downturn in the economy and construction in the area, “They just haven’t had the sales that they need, and it’s unfortunate because it’s a great concept.”

He adds, “There’s still an outside chance that they’ll get the funding.”
But it won’t be from him.

“No, not me. Sorry.”