Worth Knowing: Skinny Pancake not happy about bringing dispute to NH Supreme Court
Owners of the much-loved Skinny Pancake restaurant in Hanover really do not relish a legal battle. But they thought they had a deal with the owners of the Hanover Park building located at 3 Lebanon Street to buy the building. The owners of the building, Susan and Jim Rubens, disagreed. Since the parties have been unable to settle their differences, they've been battling it out in court for the last 2 years. And now that battle is moving to the top floor - an appeal was filed last month to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
So what's all the fuss about? Skinny Pancake signed a lease for the space in 2016 that contained an option for Skinny Pancake to purchase the building for $5.6 million. When Skinny Pancake tried to exercise the option, the Rubens (through their limited liability company that "owns" the building) refused to sell and claimed that Skinny Pancake hadn't unconditionally exercised the option. Worth Knowing does not pretend to know anything more than that about the nature of the legal dispute, but a local newspaper carried a story earlier this month that contains more detail about the legal issues at hand. You can read that article here.
For their part, Skinny Pancake's owners really just wish the Rubens had kept their side of the deal. Founder/Owner Benjy Adler summed up how he feels:
Yumm - BananaRama - Organic bananas, sweet cream cheese and chocolate chips wrapped in a sweet crepe with Cabot whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
Yummm - Crepe with Misty Knoll Farm chicken, Sweetland Farm broccoli, bell peppers and special Alfredo sauce.
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