Dean & DeLuca Chain Faces $ 29M Lawsuit From Meatpacking District Landlord

Luxury food chain Dean & DeLuca’s financial problems have deepened after the landlord of its short-lived, and expensive, Meatpacking District cafe said it wants nearly $29 million to cover missed rent and breaking the lease.

Midtown Equities filed a lawsuit on Tuesday claiming Dean & DeLuca and parent company Pace Development owe millions of dollars for two months of unpaid rent, late fees and other costs at its cafeteria-style restaurant, Stage, at 29 Ninth Avenuenear West 13th Street, which closed in July after just three months in business, court records show.

Pace allegedly failed to pay its $225,015 rent in June and its $301,974 rent in July for the storefront and was hit with a total of $35,931 in late fees for both months, according to the suit.

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