The Palm, a popular hangout among the music business community, is facing eviction from Hilton Nashville Downtown, reports the Nashville Post. The steakhouse is currently situated across the street from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena’s main entrance, where it has been since it opened in 2000.
The Palm closed down in March, due to COVID-19 mandates. Though the Palm reopened at half capacity in May, the Hilton Nashville Downtown remained closed through June. In July 2020, the restaurant sued the Hilton Nashville Downtown, arguing that it should not be required to pay full rent during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially during the period of time that the hotel itself was closed.
“Hilton has asked Davidson County courts to evict The Palm, citing $114,922.87 in damages. Those charges come after the Palm says it paid nearly $25,000 in rent for the more-than-8,000-square-foot space in March,” the Nashville Post writes.
The eviction proceeding is set to be heard before the Davidson County General Sessions Court in September.
Steve Scheinthal, executive vice president and general counsel for Landry’s [who owns all the Palm’s locations], offered the following statement to the Nashville Post: “The Palm is happy to be open and serving Nashville. Our priority has, and will continue to be, putting our employees back to work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the Hilton believes it is owed rent during the two months that it closed its own doors, we have offered to pay all of the rent that they believe to be owed in order to put this matter behind us and keep our dedicated employees working.”
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