Judge approves mandatory eviction for Daiquiri Factory


by Briana Bermensolo & KREM.com


Posted on June 11, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 13 at 6:07 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.— A Spokane County judge approved a mandatory eviction for the Daiquiri Factory in Downtown Spokane.  A battle was brewing between the controversial Spokane bar owner and the the landlord on Wednesday.

The Downtown Spokane bar created a stir in February, when it first opened its doors. Protestors stood outside of the bar before it even opened, outraged at what would become the Daiquiri Factory’s short-lived drink called 'Date Grape Koolaid.'

Owner Jamie Pendleton eventually changed the name of the drink, but that was not the end to the bar’s controversies.

READ: Name of controversial drink 'Date Grape Koolaid' changed

In April, Gonzaga University announced it was suing the bar for using its mascot and logo without permission.

READ: Gonzaga University suing Daiquiri Factory over use of logos
A lawsuit filed in June aimed to close the bar. A Spokane County Superior Court judge approved a request for a mandatory eviction. The judge signed a writ of restitution approving mandatory evacuation of Daiquiri Factory from its building on Wall Street.

According to court documents, the Downtown Spokane building is owned by FPA Crescent Associates.

The Delaware-based property owner of the bar filed a suit against Pendleton for missed rent payments, totaling more than $2,000.

The property manager kept records of every neighbor complaint concerning the Daiquiri Factory, according to court documents. The complaints ranged from loud noises to customers who were reportedly drunk in public, according to court documents.

Pendleton reached out to KREM 2 News through Facebook messages and said his property owner gave him six months of free rent and was breaking the law by revoking that agreement.

Some neighboring business employees said they found Pendleton to be friendly. Others said they did not feel safe with him and his bar in the neighborhood.

Pendleton said he would appeal the decision in court or find a new building to serve drinks in.