Cafe Bel Ami resolves its lawsuit over parking at the O’Rourke Title Building

UPDATED — Cafe Bel Ami’s parking situation at the O’Rourke Title Building finally is resolved, although so far no one is sharing details.

Restaurant owner Nabil Bacha filed a lawsuit against his landlord at the building at 229 E. William after reserved signs were placed on certain parking spots that he says his customers have a right to use.

Through an e-mail, Simon Palmer Properties says there’s now “an amicable resolution,” although president Troy Palmer won’t elaborate on it.

Bacha didn’t return calls for comment, but his attorney, Harry Najim, says, “It is a fair and equitable resolution of the lawsuit.”

The Simon Palmer e-mail regarding the resolution says: “The building owners are pleased to have one of Wichita’s Finest Downtown Restaurant as a long-term tenant.”

There’s little Christmas cheer in the parking lot at Cafe Bel Ami downtown

WICHITA — The parking situation still isn’t resolved at Cafe Bel Ami.

Cafe Bel Ami owner Nabil Bacha recently filed a lawsuit against his landlord at the O’Rourke Title Building at 229 E. William after reserved signs were placed on certain parking spots that he says his customers have a right to use.

Simon Palmer Properties president Troy Palmer, who manages the property, said he hoped to have the situation resolved in a matter of days. That was in late October.

“Tell him Christmas is coming, too, OK?” said Bacha’s attorney, Harry Najim, at the time.

Najim was successful in getting a restraining order that forced Palmer to remove the reserved signs. The situation was only temporary until a hearing last month.

As Palmer says, “Yes, Christmas is coming, and the signs are back up.”

Cafe Bel Ami owner sues landlord and property manager over parking

WICHITA — The owner of Cafe Bel Ami is in a parking dispute with his landlord and the company that manages the O’Rourke Title Building at 229 E. William, where the downtown restaurant is located.

Nabil Bacha filed a lawsuit in Sedgwick County District Court after reserved signs were placed on certain parking spots that he says his customers have a right to use.

Harry Najim, Bacha’s lawyer, says his client has nonexclusive use of the entire parking lot during certain hours and that reserved signs hinder that.

He says customers “don’t want to go in the restaurant and come back and find their car gone.”

Troy Palmer, president of Simon Palmer Properties, says he can’t discuss the dispute much beyond saying that there is one.

“We really hope to have it resolved before Friday,” he says. “We’re still kind of negotiating.”

There’s a temporary restraining order that forced Palmer to remove the reserved signs for now. A hearing is set for Friday.

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