Update: Peter Thomas Claims He Settled Unpaid $400k Rent Debt On Miami Restaurant
Update: (Jul. 12, 2023): Looks like Peter Thomas isn’t going down without a fight.
According to RadarOnline, Peter Thomas wants a judge to throw out the lawsuit seeking to evict Bar One, his Miami-based restaurant.
As previously reported, Bentley Bay Retail – the landlord company of the property – recently filed a lawsuit against the former “RHOA” husband, claiming his establishment owes $422k in unpaid rent, outstanding costs, utility charges, and sales taxes. Due to the hefty alleged debt, the company is seeking the restaurant’s immediate eviction.
However, Bar One has denied the serious allegations. In a new filing, the restaurant said that the landlord cannot prevail on the suit because,
“any disputes as to rents owed have been paid and an accord has been reached to resolve the issue, default, or dispute.”
A judge has yet to rule.
Original story: (Jul. 2, 2023): Looks like Peter Thomas is facing another legal battle.
According to a recent report from Radar Online, the ex-husband of “RHOA” star Cynthia Bailey was sued recently for allegedly failing to pay months of rent on his Miami-based restaurant.
Reportedly, the legal documents were filed by the company Bentley Bay Retail who claim to be the landlord of the space where the eatery Bar One is located. In the suit, Bentley Bay says they’re owed months of back payment due to checks be written that were returned for insufficient funds. The time period of non payment were reportedly recorded as the months of July – October 2022, as well as March 2023. In total, it’s alleged that the 62-year-old owner owes $422k in rent, outstanding costs, utility charges, and sales taxes.
Bentley Bay also claims this isn’t the first time they’ve had to sue over unpaid rent. After entering into a partnership back in 2018, Thomas allegedly also failed to make good on rent payments but ended up working out a deal with the realtors. In 2020, the parties reportedly agreed Thomas would cover his $270k worth of debt with the stipulation that should the restaurant submit any other bounced checks, the agreement would be void and Bar One would be evicted.
It seems Bentley Bay plans to keep to their word. The report notes that they’ve allegedly attempted to work out a deal, but failed to reach a suitable agreement with Thomas and now want the restaurant gone. It’s also noted in the suit, the company is seeking the restaurants immediate eviction. While it doesn’t seem that Thomas has responded to the suit directly, he did post a video recently sporting a Bar One hat and venting about the woes of owning a restaurant. He stated in the Instagram post:
“Gotta stay on top of this game, this restaurant game is no joke…We gotta stay on our grind, we gotta get that money. We gotta pay those bills. Taxes are due. People are on my a**.”
Thomas‘ recent legal struggle follows years of the entertainer getting himself into trouble over fraudulent checks and unpaid debts. If you recall back in 2019 the former “RHOA” was even arrested for allegedly writing and issuing bad checks, though he vehemently denied the charges. Additionally, Thomas has been sued by his ex wife Cynthia Bailey over unpaid loans, and was sued earlier this year by a Bar One employee who claims they’re owed over $1,400 in unpaid wages.
There has not been a decision about the fate of Bar One at this time.
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