Building Owner looks to Evict Popular Restaurant

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A staple restaurant in Woodland might soon have to vacate its current location.

The Corkwood Restaurant has been in business for over 50 years, but the owners have been handed a 60 day notice to vacate.

The landlord says he has plans for the space, and he is evicting his tenants. Since there is no lease agreement, he believes he is within his rights to do so. However, many who have been coming to this restaurant for years are strongly urging him to reconsider.

Salvatore Muzzi owns the building, and wants a new restaurant in it, but he is catching a lot of flack from the community. The Old Corkwood Restaurant has been operated by Charlie Chu for the past 30 years.

“The whole community of people want me to stay,” said Chu.

Chu’s long-time customers, like Wanda Hickman, say his food is what keeps her coming back.

“I love their steak sandwiches on his prime rib, best in town,” said Hickman.

But Corkwood is more than just the menu. “There isn’t another restaurant in town that has the same familiar feeling, that you get from the people that are here.”

However, Muzzi says Chu didn’t want to sign a lease, and now he has plans for his own restaurant. “An Italian Restaurant, maybe?” said Muzzi. “I am within my rights, I’m the owner, I buy the place. He no own anything here.”

Even though the eviction notice is up now, Muzzi says he is giving Chu until the end of the month to leave, and he encourages him to re-open his restaurant in the new location. “Hey there’s a restaurant just across the street here, it’s a beautiful restraunt. Why [doesn’t he] go there?”

Still, Hickman and others say Corkwood anywhere else just won’t be the same.

Chu tells FOX40 he does plan to take Muzzi to court so that he can remain in this location. But, again, Muzzi tells us it is his building, and Chu has no lease, so he does not feel there is a case for the judge to even review.

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