Annette's Catering has sued Bar None, the non-alcoholic sports bar and grill to which it leased a space on Old Vine Street, over alleged non-payment of rent and fees.
The filing made last month in Fayette Circuit Court also alleges that the walk-in cooler needs to be repaired and that a broiler from the stove was removed.
Roger Fields, a part-owner in Bar None, denied the allegations in the lawsuit.
"She knew all this was coming down," Fields said. "We were in discussion on what to do. There are mitigating circumstances to all of this."
Attorney J. Mark Burton of Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs LLP, which filed the suit on behalf of Annette's Catering, declined to comment. Annette Jett of Annette's Catering did not return a message left for her at the business.
Jett and her husband, Frank Bickel, had previously operated a restaurant at the Old Vine Street location before subleasing the property, which they rent, to Bar None. Earlier last year, the couple took over the restaurant at The Signature Club of Lansdowne. They decided to move the catering business to the ballroom at Lansdowne, Bickel said previously.
Bar None, which opened in mid-September, announced on its Facebook page on Jan. 10 that it was closing. Fields said Old Vine Street lacked a dinner crowd that was necessary for the location to succeed.
The suit claims Annette's Catering is owed $8,401.25. That breaks down to $6,250 in rent and parking fees that was due Jan. 10, $250 for parking rent that was due in September, $93.75 for a late fee due for the October rent payment and $1,807.50 for five months of insurance that was due but allegedly not paid, according to the lawsuit.
Fields said the company is preparing its response to the lawsuit. He said Bar None did not pay the January rent, but said "we had moved out and notified her."
Fields declined to elaborate, saying that his responses "are going to sound like allegations, which I'm sure is going to serve to further the discussion. I don't want to inflame our relationship any more than it is."
He called Jett the "best caterer in town," adding, "We hope this can all be resolved soon." He said he thinks the concept of a non-alcoholic sports bar and grill is "viable and we'd love to find a new location."