FIRST ON WSAZ.COM: Lawsuit Against Putnam Restaurant Dropped

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More restaurants could soon open at Liberty Square in Putnam County.

TJ Summers, with Summers Companies Real Estate, tells WSAZ.com he's cancelled a lawsuit his company filed against the parent company of Applebee's Bar and Grill.

Summers says the two parties have come to an agreement so there is no reason for the lawsuit.

The company filed the lawsuit against the parent company, Neighborhood Hospitality Incorporated, of Applebee's Restaurant in April claiming that it was keeping other restaurants, like Panera Bread in particular, from moving into Liberty Square. At the time, the parent company of Applebee's claimed that in its original contract Summers agreed not to allow any other similar restaurants into the square.

Summer's real company claimed the restaurant would be deemed similar if the business served food and alcoholic beverages which Panera Bread does not.

Summers says early Thursday morning the two sides came to an agreement and Applebee's has agreed to put their issues aside and allow his company to to move forward with a lease agreement with Panera Bread to possibly open at Liberty Square.

Summers says his company will now work to get that lease signed. As of now, there is no time table for when a lease agreement could be reached.

Both sides were expected to be in court Thursday afternoon, but that hearing was cancelled now that an agreement has been reached.


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