WICHITA – Craig Gabel may be gone from the former Mike’s Steakhouse space on Broadway, but he’s still in a battle with his landlord.
“This has been a very, very rough relationship,” says Gabel, who began leasing the space at 2131 S. Broadway in 2004.
Have You Heard? reported Gabel left the space in August and moved some equipment and staff to Cathy’s Westway Cafe at 1215 W. Pawnee, which he’s been running since then.
Gabel says he still has about $60,000 worth of air conditioning units and exhaust fans at the Broadway address, and he had a crane scheduled to remove them today.
His landlord, who does business as JL & DW Inc., filed an application for a restraining order and a temporary and permanent injunction to prevent Gabel from taking the equipment. A restraining order has been granted until a hearing later this month.
Terry Moore, the attorney for the landlord, didn’t return a call to comment on the issue, which also involves some late rent that Gabel says he has now paid.
In the application, Moore included two pieces of electronic communication that he and his client have had with Gabel.
In an e-mail, Gabel told Moore: “Please dispense with the threats in future letters to me.”
In a text to the landlord, Gabel wrote: “If we see your face again at mikes or my home we will call a cop and file a stalking charge.” He also texted: “Sent ur lawyer email offering to get this settled b4 somebody steal the copper and A/C’s.”
Gabel says he owes rent through December 2014 and would like to give what he says is his $60,000 worth of equipment to his landlord in exchange for future rent.
“That doesn’t satisfy him,” Gabel says.
“This is a power play so he can try to keep my property and keep his rent,” he says of the legal action.
“I don’t know what the heck his problem is. Some people are reasonable. Some people aren’t.”