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Landlord Blames Owners for Impending Closure of Junior's Deli

David Saul calls description of the brothers as inexperienced business owners "totally unfounded."

The impending closure of Junior's Deli is the result of inexperienced ownership and not a dispute over rent as a son of the restaurant's founder claimed, the attorney for its landlord said in remarks published Friday.

Attorney Behzad Nahai of the Beverly Hills-based Four Corners Investment Co. told The Times in remarks published on the newspaper's website that "the closure is a result of the brothers not having the same level of business acumen as their father."

David Saul, of Malibu, blamed Four Corners for trying to raise rent and "not willing to bend" on "a number that we can't give," according to The Times.

Nahai told The Times Four Corners had granted the Sauls several rent concessions during the recession, allowing for lower rent even after founder Marvin Saul's death "in an effort to help the brothers turn their business around."

When it came time to renew the lease for the Westwood deli this year, Four Corners said the concessions weren't sustainable going forward but offered a revised rental amount "still less than the Sauls were contractually obligated to pay," Nahai told The Times.

Nahai told The Times negotiations ground to a halt after the brothers made a "well-below market proposal" lower than their father's rate.

David Saul and his brother John, who took control of the restaurant following their father's death last year, have not paid rent since mid-November, Nahai told The Times.

David Saul told The Times he held back the rent "for negotiating purposes" and that the lease for December "was prepaid." David Saul called Nahai's description of the brothers as inexperienced business owners "totally unfounded."

Junior's Deli is expected to close in several days. David Saul said he hopes to reopen the deli somewhere else with a "more 21st century" vibe, including in Malibu.

Robert Feigel December 30, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Something about this doesn't make sense. First Mr Nahai "told The Times Four Corners had granted the Sauls several rent concessions during the recession, allowing for lower rent even after founder Marvin Saul's death "in an effort to help the brothers turn their business around."" Then, "When it came time to renew the lease for the Westwood deli this year, Four Corners" Nahai "said the concessions weren't sustainable going forward but offered a revised rental amount "still less than the Sauls were contractually obligated to pay,"" "Nahai told The Times negotiations ground to a halt after the brothers made a "well-below market proposal" lower than their father's rate." If the the landlords "offered a revised rental amount that was "less than the Sauls were contractually obligated to pay" and landlords didn't raise the rent after the Marvin Saul's death, then why would the landlords object to an offer "lower than their father's rate" ... ?
Ace T December 31, 2012 at 06:09 AM
To say racist things "Nahai is a lying thieving greedy Persian." you loose all credibility. From what I understand both sides are Jewish. It's sad as a Jew who get the same stereotypes placed on them; you use it on another group of people so willingly. You can't demand respect and equality when you fail yourself. It's a step back for all people and Jews when you make a statement like this.
Mike Wertz December 31, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Because the offered amount was not even 1/2 of what they were contractually obligated to pay. It was rediculous and again "bad business acumen".
Robert Feigel December 31, 2012 at 08:03 PM
@ Mike Wertz - Since you appear to be privy to the exact amounts involved, then you'll also know whether the amount the brothers "were contractually obligated to pay" was more or less than what it was BEFORE their father's death. In other words, did the landlords raise the amount after Marvin Saul's death or didn't they?
Mr Ship's January 23, 2013 at 08:06 PM
The public has no idea how hard business is in CA let alone Los Angeles. The run them out attitude of both the State the Cities and some landlords can be seen by the many many restaurants now gone. Mr. Ship's

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