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Station Square nightclub padlocked, behind on rent

James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - The Allegheny County Sheriff's office has closed several bars including Saddle Ridge Thursday, September 26, 2013 in Station Square.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>The Allegheny County Sheriff's office has closed several bars including Saddle Ridge Thursday, September 26, 2013 in Station Square.
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - A sign from the Allegheny County Sheriff's office hangs Thursday, September 26, 2013 on the door of Barroom Pittsburgh in Station Square.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>A sign from the Allegheny County Sheriff's office hangs Thursday, September 26, 2013 on the door of Barroom Pittsburgh in Station Square.

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By Bobby Kerlik
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, 11:48 a.m.
 

Station Square's rockin' country saloon, Saddle Ridge, remained quiet on Thursday, a week after Allegheny County sheriff's deputies padlocked it.

Court records show that Station Square owner Forest City filed notice Sept. 17 that it was taking possession of the property because Saddle Ridge failed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in rent. The nightclub, popular with line dancers and featuring a mechanical bull, had problems paying its rent as far back as 2011, records show.

Forest City attorneys wrote that club owner SR Station Square LLC did not live up to an agreement it signed in December 2011 to pay $326,000 in back rent and other costs. Under that agreement, Forest City agreed to delay taking possession of the property if Saddle Ridge paid the money.

“Our objective always is to have quality tenants in our centers, so whether it is this tenant or another, we intend to have a quality offering for Station Square customers in that space,” said Jeff Linton, spokesman for Cleveland-based Forest City.

The padlocks extend to the neighboring Bar Room and Beach Club, which SR Station Square also owns.

State corporation records show that Jon H. Field, of Dublin, Ohio, organized SR Station Square. He could not be reached for comment. His attorney, John Bacharach, who represented Saddle Ridge in court documents, declined to comment.

A notice from the sheriff's office was taped to the Beach Club door, and padlocks were visible on the inside of several doors. Two lights remained on inside Bar Room, revealing cups and other debris on the floor. The outdoor portion of the clubs that face Downtown had stacks of unused plastic cups and Yuengling plastic buckets behind the bar.

Michael Marshman, 32, of Carnegie, who works at the Whim nightclub at Station Square, said people have come by looking to get into the locked-up clubs.

“There was a young lady that came in trying to retrieve her friend's wallet. She came over to us asking if we knew any of the managers over there,” Marshman said.

Allegheny County sheriff's Sgt. Richard Fersch said vendors with property inside have called inquiring how to get it back within the last week.

Court records show SR Station Square signed a lease for the property in 2008, with increasing rents over several years. Starting in January 2012, the business was to pay $14.60 per square foot, or $35,474, per month.

Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or bkerlik@tribweb.com.

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