Le Madeleine has been in this location at 403 W. 43rd St. for 27 years, and, as of Jan 1, 2007, we will have 3 years left on our lease with an option to renew for another 8 years. But, we've received an EVICTION NOTICE from our landlord stating that he wants to DEMOLISH THIS BUILDING.
We don't believe that our landlord has the legal right to demolish our restaurant, and we're fighting this in court with everything we have. Illegal development in Clinton is rampant, and we don't want to be the latest case.
We have challenged our landlordís right to do this in New York State Supreme Court, the lowest level trial court, and have appealed an adverse decision to the Appellate Division. That court granted a stay of any effort to evict.
Le Madeleine is a part of the corner building, 607-609 Ninth Ave., an "old law tenement" landmark building built before 1900, located in the preservation area of the Special Clinton District, occupied by 12 rent controlled and rent stabilized tenants. Our landlord's plans would harm these tenants, destroy our restaurant, which employs 50 wonderful people, traumatize our block and seriously damage the fabric of our community.