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Real estate firm Engel & Völkers moving into Truckee’s Flying A building

Taylor Pettaway and Kevin MacMillan
kmacmillan@sierrasun.com

Michael Candelario, owner of Lake Tahoe Brewing Co., stands in May 2015 in front of the company's once-sought Truckee location at 10091 Donner Pass Road.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The person who owned Lake Tahoe Brewing Co. locations in Carson City and Fernley, Michael Candelario — who for a year planned to open a brewpub in downtown Truckee — was arrested on suspicion of felony theft Monday morning in Carson City.

A warrant had been issued nearly two weeks ago for Candelario's arrest for theft of property more than $3,500, Carson City detectives said.

The warrant was filed following an investigation that showed Candelario advertised beer canning equipment for sale on a brewing industry website and made an agreement with a brewery in British Columbia, Canada, to sell the equipment.

The victim reportedly made payments to Candelario totaling over $45,000, but Candelario did not arrange for the equipment to be shipped to the Canadian brewer.

The victim filed a report with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia, who forwarded the report to the Carson City Sheriff's Office.

Candelario was arrested Monday at 302 N. Carson St. — the former location of his Lake Tahoe Brewing Co. brewpub in Carson City — without incident and booked into the Carson City Detention Center, where he was being held on $25,000 bail.

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Meanwhile, on Jan. 26, a lawsuit was filed against Candelario by Adams 302 N. Carson LLC, which owns the building.

The lawsuit claimed Candelario violated his lease agreement and stopped paying rent and utilities. The suit was filed in Carson District Court and seeks not only damages but an order kicking him and his business out of the building.

The complaint asks for a declaratory judgment granting the owners title to the personal property in the building as well as attorney's fees, general damages in excess of $10,000, special and punitive damages to be settled at trial.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR TRUCKEE LOCATION

Candelario's arrest comes weeks after he abruptly closed his brewpub in Carson City on a "temporary" basis, saying in a Jan. 29 story it was just a small mix-up before he could get back on track.

That same day, he told the Sierra Sun he was holding out hope his planned Truckee location — at the historic Flying A building in downtown at 10091 Donner Pass Road — would open this year.

That's certainly not the case any more, said Tom Watson with Truckee River Associates, the commercial real estate company that represents the historic property.

"The bottom line is (Candelario was) not living up the covenants of their lease, so … based on the fact they weren't living up to their contract, their contractual rights stopped," Watson said Tuesday.

Watson said Flying A LLC — the Flying A property ownership group that Truckee River Associates represents — began looking into new lease options about a month ago, and it didn't take long for Engel & Völkers to step in.

The Europe-based real estate company in late 2015 expanded its North American operations by opening an office in Zephyr Cove, on Lake Tahoe's southeast shore, and has had plans for a Truckee office in the works since.

Sharla Menlove Chador, Regional Manager for the Tahoe-Truckee branch, said the company finalized a lease a few weeks ago with Flying A LLC.

"We have had our eye on that location for some time, it's a prime location in downtown Truckee, a landmark that is an important building to a lot of people," Chador said Tuesday. "Once we became aware that it was available, it seemed like a natural fit."

Chador declined to reveal lease details, but said building improvement work will begin next week. The company could open in Truckee as early as April 1.

Visit laketahoe.evusa.com to learn more about Engel & Völkers. Visit truckeeriverassociates.com to learn more about Truckee River Associates.

Taylor Pettaway, a reporter for the Nevada Appeal newspaper in Carson City, contributed the first half of this report.

CORRECTION

This story has been updated from a previous version so as not to identify Michael Candelario as founder of Lake Tahoe Brewing Company.

In actuality, Rob Curtis and Eric Bledsoe opened the original Lake Tahoe Brewing Company and Tahoe Basin Beverage in 1993 in Tahoe City. They later opened the Lake Tahoe Brewery in 1999 in Crystal Bay. After that property was sold to Crystal Bay Club, Rob Curtis and Johanna Lasseter-Curtis licensed the “Lake Tahoe Brewing Company” trademark to various contract brewers.

According to a statement provided to the Sierra Sun by the attorney representing Lasseter-Curtis, “The most recent trademark license agreement was with a company owned and operated by Michael Candelario. Mr. Curtis and Ms. Lasseter-Curtis were forced to terminate that trademark license. They plan on pursuing new opportunities for the Lake Tahoe Brewing Company brand.”

The Sun regrets the error.