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Caro Ventures sues Amici's owners

WICHITA — Caro Ventures has filed a lawsuit against former Amici’s owners Daniel Miller and Ryan Watenpaugh.

The suit, filed in Sedgwick County District Court, asks for more than $100,000 in property damages and unpaid rent.

“They are no longer ever coming back,” Chuck Caro says. He says two chefs running a restaurant instead of a chef and a business person “seemed to not make things work very well.”

The restaurant was open only a few months last year before a June 2008 fire caused $300,000 in damages.

“They didn’t get any insurance money,” Caro says. “They weren’t covered properly, supposedly.”

Miller couldn’t be reached for comment, and Watenpaugh and his attorney didn’t return calls to comment.

“We’ve gone in and gutted the space,” Caro says. He says he’s “getting ready to turn it into a vanilla box” for the next potential tenant.

Caro says the Amici’s owners still had about 4 1/2 years left on their lease, but he says he’s not using the lawsuit to try and collect on those years.