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Red Lobster Landlord Sues For Unpaid Rent

LAKEWOOD — A Lakewood restaurant is being sued by its landlord for months of unpaid rent.

Widewaters Lakewood Village Center Company LLC filed the lawsuit last week in state Supreme Court in Chautauqua County against Red Lobster Hospitality LLC. The Syracuse-based Widewaters said the seafood restaurant, located at 295 E. Fairmount Ave., has failed to pay base rent, operating costs and other payments due under its lease agreement that runs through 2025.

As of last week more than $40,200 remains owed since the last payment was made in March, the lawsuit states.

“Pursuant to the provisions of the lease, plaintiff provided defendant Red Lobster multiple written notices of the default and requested the delinquent payments due and owing,” the lawsuit claims. “… Plaintiff is entitled to recover that amount, plus interest at the applicable rate from April 1, 2020, to the present.”

An attorney representing Widewaters said he could not comment directly on the lawsuit when reached last week.

According to news accounts, multiple lawsuits have been filed against Red Lobster for unpaid rent at locations across the country. The lack of payments coincides with the outbreak of COVID-19, which forced many restaurants to either close outright or to scale back service that limited in-door dining.

The Lakewood location is currently open to customers.

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