COLLEGE STATION, Texas The owners of a popular College Station restaurant are wondering where to go now after losing their lease with the city.
Café Eccell co-owner Andreas Dallis told News 3 Sunday afternoon they received a letter this past week from the City of College Station reminding them to vacate by midnight Tuesday.
But he says that's a surprise.
News 3 spoke with the restaurant's co-owner about the dispute heating up with the City of College Station.
It could be the final days of Café Eccell as we know it.
Andreas Dallis and his brother own Café Eccell and he told us they thought they had until the end of the month to move out of the city-owned property instead of Tuesday.
He says it will be unrealistic to move everything out this week.
Co-owner Andreas Dallis tells us they had originally hoped to be part of a new development in the works for that location but the situation changed.
He added over the phone they are still working out their game plan for this week and taking things, "One hour at a time," as their lease at what once was College Station City Hall comes to an end.
In November the restaurant company filed and won a temporary restraining order blocking College Station from selling the property to Houston-based Asset Plus Corporation.
But the City of College Station tells us the reminder about the lease ending shouldn't have been a surprise.
College Station City Manager Kelly Templin sent us a statement saying in part,
"Café Eccell was not sent a letter out of the blue requiring them to vacate the premises; rather, the letter reminded the restaurant's ownership of what they agreed to on Feb. 14, 2013, when the terms of their lease were renewed: The lease was extended 45 days - at Café Eccell's request - from Dec. 1, 2013 to Jan. 14, 2014 in order to allow for holiday business.
Café Eccell has had 11 months to reach an agreement with the purchaser of the property or to arrange for an alternate location. Unfortunately, it appears they've done neither," said Templin.
Andreas Dallis and his staff plan to sit down with News 3 Monday with more on what they are going to do.
We have the full statement from the city below.
Statement from College Station City Manager Kelly Templin:
"City staff and city council share the community’s concern about the possibility of a College Station without Café Eccell, since it’s been a terrific dining destination for many years. And although the restaurant’s ownership currently has filed a lawsuit against the city -– invoking our long-standing policy of not offering public comment -- we feel we must break our silence in order to provide some clarification.
Café Eccell was not sent a letter out of the blue requiring them to vacate the premises; rather, the letter reminded the restaurant’s ownership of what they agreed to on Feb. 14, 2013, when the terms of their lease were renewed: The lease was extended 45 days – at Café Eccell’s request – from Dec. 1, 2013 to Jan. 14, 2014 in order to allow for holiday business.
Café Eccell has had 11 months to reach an agreement with the purchaser of the property or to arrange for an alternate location. Unfortunately, it appears they’ve done neither.
We sincerely hope the Dallis family is able to find another location for Café Eccell. That’s what their loyal employees deserve and certainly what their faithful customers desire."
Kelly E. Templin