An owner of the group that abruptly closed its restaurant in The Commons on Monday night said he has given up on the downtown Columbus site and will move his operations to Indianapolis.
Mark Maddox, co-owner of MSCB Group LLC, which holds the lease for The Commons restaurant space where the now-closed Detour American Grille & Bar operated, said he will relocate his restaurant to a new location in the Indianapolis area.
“We do not currently plan to introduce a new restaurant into (The Commons) at this time,” Maddox said. “But we are having some discussions with the city about what to do with the space.”
MSCB owns Greenhouse Restaurant LLC, which has a five-year lease for The Commons space that operated as a Scotty’s Burger Joint from November 2011 to December 2012.
Maddox told The Republic on Tuesday that construction downtown and a possible legal battle with the city over terms of his lease drove down his business.
Although the city has said it was preparing to seek a court opinion on whether MSCB had breached its lease, no such court documents have been filed.
Maddox said his attorneys informed him recently that it would be a close call if Greenhouse could prevail in court in a fight with the city of Columbus over the lease.
The city already has begun investigating the options for how it might fill the space.
Mayor Kristen Brown met with The Commons Board in January to gather input on what criteria it would use to select a new tenant. For someone else to open a business at 302 Washington St., however, the current lease would have to be terminated, Brown said.
Brown said Stan Gamso, the attorney for the city’s Redevelopment Commission, will discuss the matter with Greenhouse attorneys.
“We’re looking for an amicable solution,” the mayor said.