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Richmond restaurant sued for $127K in unpaid rent, tax, stolen equipment

Sublandlord claims Juvy's Bar & Grill breached its contract and refused to leave the premises.
Juvy's Bar & Grill, which used to be at 2611 Viscount Way, is being sued for allegedly not paying rent.

A Richmond restaurant and its owner are being sued by a fitness club for allegedly breaching a sublease and stealing equipment when they finally moved out.

C & T Athletic Centre Inc., which runs a 24-hour sport and fitness club called Sport Central at 2611 Viscount Way, filed a lawsuit at the B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver against Juvy's Bar 'N Grill Ltd. on Jan. 29.

Juvy's sublet the Viscount Way commercial premises in the Bridgeport area from C & T for a bar and restaurant.

The lawsuit, which also names owner Juvy Julaton as a defendant, claims Juvy's did not pay rent in July and August 2023 and did not move out until mid-September. 

In addition to being behind on rent, C & T claims Juvy's breached multiple clauses in its sublease and failed to pay utilities and taxes.

It also alleges Juvy's refused to leave the premises when its sublease expired, left it in an "uncleanly state," "stole equipment" and caused extra costs including the bailiff and cleaning fees.

C & T is seeking repayment of $127,277 in addition to compensation for breach of contract, costs and other relief.

According to C & T's calculations in the lawsuit, Juvy's owed $12,012 for two months' rent and almost $4,000 for the additional rent it incurred in September.

Juvy's also owed $75,600 for using the patio, container and exterior outside back door space throughout its sublease, which was not included in the sublease, reads the lawsuit.

Other amounts claimed include almost $20,000 in FortisBC and additional utility fees, liquor tax payments between July and September, bailiff fees and cleaning fees because it "took considerable hours of cleaning" to revert the premises to its original state.

C & T's request for repayment also includes $8,000 for a pantry preparing table, a commercial dishwasher and two concrete outdoor flowerbeds Juvy's allegedly stole while moving out in September.

None of the claims have been proven in court and Juvy's has 21 days to respond to the lawsuit.

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