Fig Garden Village is seeking to end a lease and collect back rent from an incoming restaurant.
RPI Fig Garden, LP, property managers for the north Fresno shopping center, gave Cowboy Chicken a 10-day notice to pay or quit on Aug. 24, according to an unlawful detainer filed in Fresno County Superior Court. The complaint was filed against Texacal Foods, LLC, Cowboy Chicken’s franchising company.
Attempts to reach either RPI Fig Garden or Texacal Foods were not immediately returned.
The fast-casual restaurant was expected to open over the summer and would have been the third California location for the Dallas, Texas-based chain. It had held a hiring event in April.
Documents reveal that the restaurant had signed a five-year lease at a rate of $7,313.02 a month.
By the time the notice was filed, RPI Fig Garden claimed in its complaint that the restaurant owed $45,566 in back rent. The Delaware-based property managers are seeking not only the back rent, but also attorney fees, termination of the lease and damages accumulated daily for as long as Cowboy Chicken remains in the space.
As part of the lease agreement, Texacal Foods would also improve its 2,500 square foot location next to Paper Source and near Jamba Juice.
Owners of Hanford-based Texacal Foods, Kevin Roche and Phil Fontes, signed a 30-store franchise agreement with Cowboy Chicken. When the deal was signed in 2016 to bring the Texas company to California, it represented the largest franchising deal for Cowboy Chicken.