The owners of the building where Johnny Carino's closed last week have filed a motion for temporary injunction to prevent the former tenant, Kampco Bevco , from taking anything else from the building near K-96 and Webb.
"They got two rental trucks and spent two days loading them," says Daryl Crotts , property manager for the group of 11 owners who do business as Sun Toben .
Crotts says representatives of Kampco took stoves, booths, tables, appliances and "anything that they could easily just disconnect."
"They told me they weren't going to close till the end of the month," Crotts says. "I think they were guilty of ... a little deception."
He says he thinks they were trying to "give themselves an opportunity to remove a lot of the fixtures and assets of the building prior to our being able to take any action."
Randy Kamp, operating manager of the now-defunct Kampco, says that's not true.
"I told him I didn't know the exact date, but it was imminent," Kamp says.
"The equipment is collateralized for bank loans," he says. "We're paying the bank for the loans."
A hearing for the injunction is set for Friday.
Crotts says there were several years remaining on Kampco's lease.
"We've been working with them for some time," he says. "We've deferred a number of their obligations."
He says the "owners purchased a sign for them since they couldn't afford it and didn't want to commit" to it.
"Which coincidentally and ironically was installed last Friday," Crotts says.
He says he had to wait on the new, nearby Menards before the sign was installed. It now advertises Menards and is blank where the Carino's name was supposed to be.
"We had a very good working relationship with them," Crotts says. "I was very, very disappointed that they treated us so badly when the owners bent over backwards at every opportunity to help them (and) help their business succeed."
Some of the owners "have their life savings tied up in this," Crotts says. "It's unfortunate."
Kamp says it's simply a difficult financial situation.
"We did always have a good relationship, but we don't believe we treated the owners poorly," he says.
"The economic realities are we invested a lot of money ... trying to make that site work. It just couldn't continue to go."
Kamp says the restaurant's location was its main problem.
"The issue was management and a bad location initially," Crotts says. "They were out there by themselves.
"That was all about to change, but they just didn't have the staying power to see it out."
Crotts says Menards is opening soon, as is the new Palmers Grill , which will go nearby in the former Fritz Co. Grille .
Also, he says, there's now a road that connects that stretch of businesses to the businesses near Golf Warehouse. Previously, it was a dead-end road.
"We believe that would help, but it wouldn't have helped enough," Kamp says of the new activity in the area. "It still was going to operate at a loss. We couldn't invest any more money in it."
Crotts says the fixtures Kampco took could have helped with a new tenant for the space.
Kamp says the fixtures aren't the owners' property to keep, but he wishes them well.
"I would hope for the landlord or the owners ... that somebody can make it work. I don't know that it can."
Hospice Care of Kansas has found a new home.
Last month, Have You Heard? reported that Broadway Home Medical would move into Hospice Care's 9,000 square feet at 808 S. Hillside as soon as the group found new space.
That new space is 13,000 square feet at West River Plaza at Central and McLean.
Via Christi Health is the landlord. Nathan Farha of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group handled the lease for Via Christi.
Dallas-based broker Dan Woldert represented Hospice Care in the deal.