Orda trying to force out retail tenant in favor of Facebook, BuzzFeed: lawsuit

Ainsworth Park restaurant says landlord sending “utterly baseless” default notices

TRD New York /
Jun.June 17, 2016 03:13 PM

The Ainsworth Park restaurant is suing its 225 Park Avenue South landlord, Orda Management, alleging the company has tried to pressure it to leave its 7,000-square-foot space to make way for a pair of Internet giants.

Orda issued a “laundry list of purported ‘defaults’ and a threat to terminate the lease if [Ainsworth Park] did not cure in thirty days,” the restaurant claims in the suit. The claims are “utterly baseless,” Ainsworth Park asserts in the complaint. The company is “not in default of its rent obligations or any other obligations under the lease.”

The restaurant operates on the ground-floor of the 19-story office building. It’s a 10-year lease, running through 2022.

Orda didn’t immediately respond to a request to comment for this story.

Orda’s motive, according to the complaint, is to create extra space for two of the building’s marquee tenants: Facebook and BuzzFeed. BuzzFeed occupies about 189,000 square feet at the office building, and Facebook recently signed to take 190,000 square feet of its own. The suit alleges Orda seeks to use the restaurants space as a cafeteria for the two tech firms’ employees.

Orda asked last spring if the landlord could reclaim a part of the restaurant’s space to create a dedicated lobby for BuzzFeed, according to the suit. The restaurant agreed to the proposal, but now says Orda’s construction work was severely disruptive.

The landlord is now seeking to recapture Ainsworth Park’s basement space, according to the suit, and has cut off basic services to the tenant.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
The lawsuit argues the increased amounts will deter foreign investors from the program (Credit: Getty Images, Wikipedia)

Lawsuit seeks to halt new EB-5 regulations

(Credit: iStock)

“Indentured landlord” in rent-reg lawsuit vents at politicians

Sam Chang and 40 West 45th Street (Credit: Google Maps)

Sam Chang hit with $2M suit over Club Quarters hotels

Arden Group CEO Craig Spencer, Hello Living CEO Eli Karp and 4650 Broadway (Credit: Google Maps, iStock)

Hello, lawsuit: Spurned Inwood dev site buyer Hello Living sues ex-partner

Brookfield's Rick Clark and RFR Realty's Aby Rosen with the Lever House at 390 Park Avenue (Credit: Getty Images and Google Maps)

Aby Rosen makes it two Lever House lawsuits in two weeks

475 Park Avenue South (Credit: Google Maps)

Cohen Brothers Realty sues storied landlord to stay in Park Ave South building

101 West 23rd Street and E&M Management principal Daniel Goldstein (Credit: Google Maps and E&M)

“Something is rotten” at Chelsea co-op, owners say

Donald Trump and Dean & Deluca's Soho location (Credit: Getty Images, iStock)

Trump Organization sues Dean & DeLuca over rent defaults

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...