WICHITA — 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."
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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.