Winter Park Resort moves to evict Crazy Mountain Brewery
Once a source of pride at Winter Park Resort, opinions towards the Crazy Mountain Brewing Company have quickly begun to sour.
The resort filed a lawsuit against the brewery in Grand County District Court last week alleging more than $31,000 in unpaid rent and other charges since the taproom’s lease was signed in June 2017.
“The long and short of it is they haven’t paid any rent on the space they’re leasing in the village,” said Steve Hurlbert, director of communications for Winter Park Resort. “So we’ve filed an eviction notice for them. This is not an avenue that we’re excited to take, but this is our position and now it’s a matter for the court to decide.”
Crazy Mountain CEO and Founder Kevin Selvy, named in the suit along with his company NomNomNom LLC, signed into a lease agreement with the resort June 19 last year, but is yet to make any rent payments on the property, according to Hurlbert.
On April 5, the resort issued a demand for rent or possession outlining what’s owed to the resort. The document details $17,600 in rent since October, $1,250 in late changes and over $30,000 in utilities and common area maintenance. The document essentially gave Selvy three days to pay up or move out, though almost a month later, neither has happened.
Hurlbert said that the resort and the brewery were in contact, but weren’t able to work out a deal that would keep them out of court.
“We’ve been in contact with their people extensively,” said Hurlbert. “We had every intention of trying to work something out with them, and we were not able to come to an agreement with their people.”
Crazy Mountain Brewing has not returned Sky-Hi News’s requests for comment.
The resort filed a complaint in unlawful detainer suit on April 25, asking the court to grant the resort possession of the premises and restitution for late fees, interest, costs, attorneys’ fees, and all money owned pursuant to the terms of the lease. The two sides will meet in Grand County District Court on May 9.
For Crazy Mountain, an eviction would mark the second major legal battle it has faced this year.
The brewery was evicted from its Edwards facility in January due to $25,000 in unpaid rent.
The eviction is also a disappointment for Winter Park Resort, which celebrated a completely full village for the first time after the taproom’s opening in February. The resort doesn’t anticipate any difficulty filling the vacancy should Crazy Mountain be evicted, and Hurlbert noted that the gaffe wouldn’t dissuade them from considering other taprooms, bars or restaurants in the space.
“We’re not really all that concerned with being able to find another tenant for that space,” said Hurlbert. “It’s a great space located in a really optimal part of our village. There was a lot of foot traffic that came into that space. I don’t think that was the issue, I think the issue was with that one particular owner.”
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