Yesterday we reported that vegan eatery Leguminati would not be opening in the Milk District at the Sandwich Bar, as had previously been announced. We quoted from a blog post by Leguminati co-owner Rebecca "Bex" Larsen,
who cited a "series of unfortunate events" and "personal influences from select business owners in the neighborhood" as reasons for the shutdown.
"We've lost hours upon hours in labor, spent thousands of dollars on renovations and equipment, paid rent for the space, placed orders with food distributors, and hired a staff, many of which who left jobs to come work for us," Larsen said in her post.
But Scot has a completely different take on what happened.
"Rebecca Larsen's statements are false," Scot told me in an email. "She never signed an agreement with me and she was told that at no time would she be allowed to sublease or be on the new lease."
The sole understanding, says Scot, "was that Rebecca would make food and, for a fee, she would have access to my kitchen equipment. She was to receive profits from food and nothing more." Scot's main point of contention, however, was with Jeremy Joseph, one of Larsen's partners in the Leguminati venture. Scot claims Joseph tried to assume ownership of the space by altering the verbal understanding between Scot and Larsen soon after the Sandwich Bar was repainted and spruced up.
"Jeremy Joseph rewrote Rebecca's agreement after she 'painted' trying to convey ownership of the property to Leguminati, at which point their motives were clearly seen and they were asked to leave and not return."
Scot also claims Larsen never made any food and, rather, just focused on painting and decorating the interior, including remounting all the beer tap handles without his permission.
Needless to say, this is getting ugly. [NOTE: After this post went live, Larsen sent us a link to a new statement on the Leguminati website
answering most of Scot's above claims and concluding, "As we decide whether or not to handle this matter in a court of law, we will refrain from speaking any further publicly on it at this time. Onward and upward!"]
In the meantime, the trio behind Leguminati plan on staging pop-up events around town, the first of which will be this Saturday, Nov. 25, from noon to 6 p.m. in the Milk District as part of Small Business Saturday. As always, we'll keep you posted as we learn more.