When drag queen cabaret Lucky Cheng’s closed in 2012, the East Village lost another classic artifact. Now, a barbecue restaurant is trying to open in the space. However, the 79 Department of Buildings violations that Cheng’s left behind, including massive termite damage, have led the new occupant to sue the landlord of the space, at 24 First Avenue.
Pride and Joy BBQ, which is slated to move in shortly, is suing Hayne Suthon, who owns the building, in New York state Supreme Court alleging that the building has structural issues and a massive termite infestation, according to a report from DNAinfo. The suit also reportedly alleges that Suthon lied about the state of the property and tried to evict the tenant when they requested repairs.
Pride and Joy did not comment to the website, but Suthon denied the allegations.
“Anybody who knows me knows I am not sneaky, I am always trying to be honest,” Suthon told DNAinfo, adding that she is still “hoping that we can come to some resolution” with the tenants. [DNAinfo] — Guelda Voien