Bruxie Rancho Santa Margarita Closes Over Landlord Dispute

Categories: Indigestion

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Professor Salt
Closed!

Some bad news for South County: Bruxie RSM is closing about a year and a half after it opened. The Chapman-born chain got a shot in the arm to expand with the help of some private investment earlier this year, but they're going to be shrinking for now with the shuttering of their Rancho Santa Margarita store. The RSM location closed today due to litigation between Bruxie corporate and their landlord, K&G/El Paseo I, LLC based out of Dana Point.

"It's with a heavy heart that we announce that we have shut the doors to our Rancho Santa Margarita location on November 11, 2013," reads the official Bruxie statement published through the Bruxie Facebook page. "This decision was not an easy one to make but was necessary due to construction deficiencies and ongoing maintenance issues that have impacted the restaurant and have forced litigation with our landlord."

The suit, which was filed April 3 in California Superior Court, alleges that the landlord misrepresented the property when Bruxie looked at it, saying that a noxious smell present was due to a previous tenant when it was instead due to an open, illegal sewer grate near the restaurant, as well as smells leaching from adjacent property.

The complaint also goes over repairs Bruxie had to make themselves to bring the location up to code so they could open.

"On May 8, 2012 the city of Rancho Santa Margarita Building/Public Works Department citied the subject property for a violation of the California Plumbing Code...," reads the lawsuit. "Plantiff notified defendants of such notice of correction, and pursuant to the lease, requested that defendants immediately make the corrections noted ... However, defendants failed and refused to do so."

In total, Bruxie is seeking to be released from their lease and for over $900,000 in property improvements, loss in sales, pre-opening expenses, repair costs, and rent that the company has spent to operate the location.

A jury trial is scheduled for May 12, 2014, with a settlement conference to be held April 11, 2014 in hopes of finding a middle ground between the two parties. Superior Court Judge Frederick Horn is presiding.

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Professor Salt
The syrup no longer flows... for now.

Some good news though, the staff from the store won't be losing their jobs, they'll transferred to the Costa Mesa and Irvine locations instead, and Bruxie is actively looking at South County for expansion, though there are no concrete plans just yet, Bruxie PR Rep Mona Shah tells me.

So, for now, it looks like South County-ers will have to drive up to almost-sort-of-actually Orange County to get their waffle fix.

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tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

I expect the new one in Costa Mesa to do the same because I applied there and they hired their entire staff before the store even opened. They interviewed over 200 to 300 people and I was just one of them, it's a concept store and won't survive.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Private Investment Money vs. Real Estate Investment Money

I'm betting on Bruxie.  

Gene Diep
Gene Diep

Find a retail spot that's closer to the Applied Medical campus ...

Gene Diep
Gene Diep

That is sad news for RSM. I guess the folks down the block at city hall / police dept have to settle for what's left nearby (mcdonalds, round table)

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Are all landlords/property managers from south county assholes? Ours thinks it's cute to not inform us when workmen are coming on the property...and keeps changing their mailing address about every three months so someone will get tripped up and have to pay the late fee on the rent because they mailed to the wrong place. :-(

miragold2004
miragold2004

That same stench emanates from the area around Radio Shack about a block away!

Joni Devlin Zarka
Joni Devlin Zarka

I've heard from a number of people in commercial real estate that the rents in RSM are crazy.

Frances Lee
Frances Lee

im deathly ill in bed!!!! watching Homeland and wishing i can keep food down :(

Jon Grossman
Jon Grossman

Frances Jean it's all good. I have one walking distance on culver in Irvine. I deserve at I trained @ team Oyama today and someone was nowhere to been found.

Amy Quezada
Amy Quezada

That landlord must be horrible. That's the 3rd establishment there in the past 5 years

Nancy Ridge
Nancy Ridge

They're opening a new location in Costa Mesa on 17th Street, come on up.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

"...almost-sort-of-actually Orange County..."

LOL 

Jesse M. Abel Ix
Jesse M. Abel Ix

That place has smelled since the last two tenants were in there.

Brennan King
Brennan King

Come to Lake Forest! Funny, but I went to the RSM location once, and I do remember a bad smell as I walked from the parking area to the restaurant. I had to eat outside because I had my dog with me and it wasn't that pleasant and I've never been back. I didn't really realize it until I read the story.

Eddie Nani
Eddie Nani

Damn landlords!! Justice for bruxie!!

Maria A. Moffa
Maria A. Moffa

Bastards!!!! (not Bruxie but the greedy landlords). There's plenty of other places in the South OC that will WELCOME them with open arms! Screw RSM!!!!!

TylerDurden
TylerDurden

I don't think a place like bruxies would do well in RSM anyway.

Ashley Powell
Ashley Powell

Damn and I never even utilized its amazing proximity to my house.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

They told me that they would call me later that day and they never did so they lied.

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