Landlord Bans Tenant from Turning Property into a Gay Bar

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April 20, 2014 10:23am PST

A bar owner in Brooklyn says that he is slowly going out of business and believes the one way to save his bar and increase profits is to re-brand his business into a gay bar.

The man — John McGillion — says he wants to take advantage of a growing community of gays and lesbians.

The problem is that McGillion’s lease prohibits him from re-branding the property into a gay bar. And it doesn’t appear the lease could have been anymore clear.

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It reads as follows: “The leased premises should be used by Tenant as a restaurant and bar. It shall not be used for adult entertainment and shall not be operated as a gay or lesbian bar and/or restaurant.”

Here is a copy of the lease McGillion signed:

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The NY Post reports:

“McGillion has withheld the rent for months and has been battling landlord Guard General Merchandise Corp. for more than a year over the issue, but says it won’t budge.”

“I don’t know what their problem is. Who knows? I thought those days were gone,” he said of the lease. “I mean, who cares, today? Gays — everybody’s got their rights. What’s the big deal?”

He doesn’t know what the problem is? The problem is that he signed a legal, binding agreement saying that he wouldn’t use the place as a gay bar. You can’t throw your hands up in the air and blame the landlord for your own bad business decision.

McGillion can’t take veiled swipes at the landlord with accusatory statements like, “I thought those days we’re over” when he agreed to those statements in the first place.

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