Magistrate says McKeesport diner can stay
Speedway LLC has little more than a week to appeal a district court decision that allows Di's Kornerstone Diner to remain open.
Speedway, a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Co., attempted to evict business owner Diane Elias from property at 2325 Fifth Ave., which the fueling company purchased from Harry R. Stewart on Jan. 16.
Elias said her understanding is that her verbal contract with Stewart was based on a calendar year, while Speedway argued that her lease expired in May.
The dispute was heard by Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi on Monday, and a decision was forwarded to involved parties on Tuesday. Landlord-tenant decisions have a 10-day appeal period to Allegheny County Common Pleas Court's Civil Division.
“The judge did his job,” Elias said during Wednesday's breakfast hours at the diner. “This gives me the time I need. I have to keep the restaurant open to pay for my move.”
Elias plans to relocate Di's Kornerstone Diner to a former Burger King building in Olympia Shopping Center in Versailles. She hopes the new location will be open by October.
Speedway attorney Jeffrey B. Balicki did not return calls seeking comment by presstime.
Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1956, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Kennywood Holiday Lights festival returns for 5th year
- Model train exhibit raises funds for McKeesport club
- Homestead to offer select free-parking days during holiday season
- Salvation Army kettle drive about to kick into high gear in Western Pennsylvania
- North Versailles’ Dance Company’s ‘Nutcracker’ expands with bonus program for students
- Officials blame bad exhaust fan for carbon monoxide leak in Duquesne retirement home
- Elizabeth mayor hails police department’s role in ‘major’ heroin bust in Clairton
- Suspect in Glassport man’s shooting death put on house arrest
- West Mifflin Area school official defends financial move criticized in state audit
- McKeesport lights up Kennedy Park at ‘City of Our Little Angels’
- Man in disguise robs White Oak bank; suspect arrested in McKeesport