Recent filings in State Supreme Court in Erie County show that GPatti Enterprises is asking the court for compensatory damages as a result of alleged breaches of the lease agreement by Jamestown Brewing, along with costs, disbursements, interest and fees.
The counterclaim was port of a response the attorneys for GPatti Enterprises filed related to a lawsuit brought forward by Jamestown Brewing Company claiming a breach of contract between the two parties. Three other claims from the business against the building owner were recently dismissed by the court.
The lawsuit was filed by brewery owners in December 2018 after numerous delays in construction on the building resulted in the business still failing to open at the originally scheduled time of Spring 2018.
Attorneys for the entities will be in court again in mid-June as the case proceeds.
Meanwhile, there is no word on when the business may open, although it has finally received a certificate of occupancy from the city.
According to the Post-Journal, the total project cost for renovating the property and preparing it specifically for the Jamestown Brewing business was estimated at $3.84 million. Financing for the project included a $1 million in funding from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant the city received in 2017, plus $475,000 state Main Street grant that was awarded through the Regional Economic Development Council program in December 2015. The Jamestown Local Development Corporation has a $180,000 loan attached to the project. The County IDA also offered tax abatements for the property.
Once open the business is expected to employ between 30 and 40 people. The restaurant will seat 280 guests in five different areas