December 22, 2014

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Midway Mall owners say Ground Round owes thousands in back rent

A sign on the Ground Round near Midway Mall informing the restaurant operators to contact the landlords hangs on the eatery's door Wednesday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Ground Round has been closed since Mid-August. Its landlords said the operators have not paid rent since March 2012. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The Ground Round made a return to Ohio by way of an Elyria restaurant in 2012 and now, less than two years later, the doors are closed, and it seems as if the restaurant’s proprietors owe thousands in back rent.

A sign on the Ground Round near Midway Mall informing the restaurant operators to contact the landlords hangs on the eatery's door Wednesday.

A sign on the Ground Round near Midway Mall informing the restaurant operators to contact the landlords hangs on the eatery’s door Wednesday.

An eviction notice was placed on the door of the West River Road North location this week asking for the occupants, Dohel Enterprises, to leave the building, which has been shuttered since at least early August.

The letter, sent by a Cleveland law firm on behalf of Centro Midway, said the operators of the Ground Round have failed to pay rent between March 2012 and September 2013 and owes more than $91,000 in unpaid rent.

The letter states Centro Midway has consistently demanded payment and even sent a certified letter asking for the back rent in November 2012. The Ground Round closed Aug. 12, although in the letter it said the business must remain open throughout the duration of the lease.

Calls to Jack Crawford, who is president of the independent owners’ cooperative that brought the Ground Round back, were not returned.

Through email, Midway Mall manager Mark Bressler said he was not available Wednesday to answer questions pertaining to Ground Round.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.