DiMaggio’s at Lake Tahoe shuts down; new tenant sought
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Property owners are once again looking for a new tenant to occupy the old Grog N’ Grist location at the corner of Highway 28 and Northwood Boulevard.
DiMaggio’s at the Lake, which opened in the lower unit below the Village Ski Loft in March 2012, was forced to shut down in December 2014 after missing rent payments.
According to legal documents, the business owed $14,607.60 in back rent — $6,956 each for the months of November and December, coupled with late fees.
The lease was terminated Dec. 16, according to a notice posted on the front door of DiMaggio’s. Further, an eviction notice was posted there on Dec. 23.
Garry DiMaggio Sr. owned the business. He reportedly had health problems in the fall of 2014.
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“Due to my illness, I am no longer able to run this location,” according to a sign posted next to the eviction notice at the business.
Further, according to interviews with former employees, several issues that began surfacing last summer likely led to the restaurant/bar/convenience store’s closure.
Those issues include frequently running out of inventory, such as alcohol, beer and ingredients for pizza; and employees not being paid or being told to wait a day or more before cashing their paychecks to avoid them bouncing.
DiMaggio’s at the Lake replaced the Grog N’ Grist, which shut down in September 2011 amid the Great Recession.
The Grog had been open since May 1974, although it saw many changes in terms of layout and ownership in the years leading up to its closure.
The property at 800 Tahoe Blvd. is owned by Mesa LLC, the principal of which is long-time Incline Village resident Bill Hane Sr.
“The owner is currently cleaning the property for occupancy by a new tenant,” said Incline Village attorney Andy Wolf, of Incline Law Group, speaking on behalf of Mesa and Hane. “The owner is entertaining applications from new potential tenants for this high visibility location.”
Wolf said inquiries should be directed to Hane or Dennis Diullo, of Crystal Shores Maintenance, who is preparing the space.
As of Wednesday, no information was available in terms of interested renters.
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