MARTINEZ, Calif. – Owners of the popular coffee house Barrelista, and the recently reopened Barrel Aged restaurant have announced their intention to file a lawsuit against their former landlords.
Proprietor Arash Pakzad said the Kassel family, who owns the commercial property that once housed Barrel Aged at 823 Main Street in downtown Martinez, said he intends to sue the Kassels for “fraudulently misleading [them] into a lease without disclosure of the mandated retrofit placed upon them.”
Barrel Aged closed on Oct. 12, 2015, after a water supply line broke, flooding the restaurant. Pakzad claims that during the cleanup, asbestos was found and he paid for the removal and cleanup.
Subsequent upgrades to the property took place, amid alleged insurance disputes between Pakzad and the property owners, after which, Pakzad says, the Kassels informed him it was necessary to perform an earthquake safety retrofit on the property, which would further delay the re-opening of his restaurant.
Barrel Aged is now open at 700 Ferry St., next to Barrelista, while the old restaurant location remains vacant.
The Kassels were not immediately available for comment as of Tribune deadline.