The other day when writing about Staccato closing downtown, I mentioned that regarding the slated new tenant of the space, Bourbon Street Bend, there had to have been advance warning that the closure was coming, despite the official version of the story that Staccato was only notified last Wednesday that their lease would not be renewed. Yet with Bourbon Street’s coupon already printed up and mailed out before that announcement, it certainly smells fishy.
The Bulletin today has an article about Bourbon Street, which is Gavin McMichael’s new endeavor (he’s also the owner of the Blacksmith), and while the article mentions that the new restaurant will open on July 15th and that he plans to give former Staccato employees “first crack” at Bourbon Street roles, there’s nothing overtly fishy about it until the last paragraph:
McMichael said he is the managing partner of a group of four investors who have signed a 10-year lease on the space with Acadia Properties LLC, the operating manager of the space’s landlord, Firehall Partners LLC. He emphasized that he was not involved with Acadia’s decision to terminate Staccato’s lease for the site, which is located on Minnesota Avenue across from The Oxford Hotel.
Not involved with the termination decision—however… over on Oregon’s Business Name Search site, here’s the result of searching for “Bourbon Street Bend”: it turns out that the name itself (“Bourbon Street Bend, LLC”) was registered as an entity back on May 3rd—a month and a half before Staccato was told their lease wouldn’t be renewed.
That certainly sounds like he (and the Staccato landlords) knew that this was coming, which implies some level of involvement in the termination decision. And likely the decision goes back earlier than May 3rd, since registering a business isn’t something that happens in a vacuum, either—there had to have been some planning behind it at the very least. When was this 10-year lease signed?
(In fact, the “bourbonstreetbend.com” domain name was registered on April 20th.)
Like I’d said—downtown shenanigans, which sucks all the more because Staccato—which was doing well on its own—suffered for it. What do you all think?