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Kelowna restaurant shuttered for failing to follow COVID-19 rules suing new business

FILE PHOTO - The former Renegade Kitchen and Bar on Leon Avenue in Kelowna.
FILE PHOTO - The former Renegade Kitchen and Bar on Leon Avenue in Kelowna.

The owners of a Kelowna restaurant are being sued for allegedly failing to pay off their loan from the former location owners who were shut down for failing to check COVID-19 vaccine passports.

Renegade Kitchen Ltd. alleges Split Decisions Craft Beer and Burger Bar owners Christopher Broom and Bhupinder Dhanwant, agreed to pay $185,000 in November, 2021 to purchase certain business assets, as well as pay roughly $4,000 to Renegade as a reimbursement for a rental deposit, according to a lawsuit filed by Renegade Kitchen, June 13, in the Supreme Court of B.C. 

They allegedly agreed to pay the loan in payments of $6,666 on the first day of each month, according to the suit.

Broom and Dhanwant provided a deposit of $25,000 but still owe $158,000 after making payments from Feb. 7 to March 7, the lawsuit claims.

On March 30, Renegade Kitchen through legal counsel, issued a demand letter for the full $158,000.

Renegade Kitchen, located on Leon Avenue, was forced to close last year for failing to comply with public health orders. Shortly afterwards, the business was listed for sale.

At the time, a Royal LePage ad for the property listed the price at $150,000 for a “turnkey, fully renovated and clean restaurant.” The sale included all the furniture, fixtures and kitchen equipment.

There was two years and eight months left on the property’s current lease with a five-year tenant option after that, according to the listing.

Renegade Kitchen is seeking damages for breaching the loan agreement.

Phone calls to the Split Decisions Craft Beer and Burger went to a disconnected line.

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