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, who died Oct. 10, 2008. "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 Wednesday April 15 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 last week. "I thought they weren't going to enforce the eviction until the appeal was heard."
President of Emanon Equities, owner of the Seitz Building, Jeremy Gorelick said he was in town when the eviction was enforced but was not aware it was going to take effect April 15.
"I knew, though, that it was probably going to occur sometime in the middle of April because of the fact that the appeal by Morris's was unsuccessful last week," Gorelick said Wednesday afternoon, adding that he was sorry there was no advance notice of the eviction given to Lipe. "I can't begin to imagine how it felt for her."
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 holding 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.