Just a few months after Skaneateles Town Justice Kathleen Dell granted Seitz Building Corp. the right to evict Morris's from its space in the historic structure at Jordan and Genesee streets, there's a padlock adorning the entrance.
"My heart's broken," said MJ Lipe, widow of long-time owner Darryl "Burt" Lipe. "It's only been six months since Burt died."
According to Lipe, deputies from the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department showed up on Morris's doorstep this morning with the eviction order. Lipe said it would have been nice to have gotten a little notice prior to the order being enforced.
"They decided to enforce the eviction today," she said. "I thought they weren't going to enforce the eviction until the appeal was heard."
Morris's became party to a legal battle last year regarding a lease renewal with the owners of the Seitz Building. The original lease had run out Sept. 30, 2008 and an agreement was not reached between the parties regarding a new one.
In January, Dell ruled that Morris's had been holing a month-to-month lease with Seitz Building Corp. and also issued a written decision in favor of the corporation that said Morris's Grill Corp was no longer legally entitled to occupy the premises.
"Working in conjunction with my client, the sheriff's department scheduled an eviction," Seitz Building Corp. attorney Thomas Seeley said Wednesday. "What happened today was the sheriff's department enforced the warrant of eviction of Morris's Grill Corp."
A warrant for eviction was signed following the January decision, which called for Morris's to vacate the premises by Feb. 12 and the Estate of Burt Lipe filed a preliminary injunction.
In March, a request for an injunction to stop the eviction was denied by the Onondaga County Supreme Court.
According to Seeley, Morris's was given adequate notice that they were to vacate, and they failed to do so.
Though the corporation has been evicted, the estate is still considered a tenant on the property. However, there are plans to request eviction of the estate as well.
"This is certainly not the final chapter here. There's some more legal wrangling here to take place," he said, adding with finality, "Morris's grill has been evicted, formally."