Updated Feb. 19
More information has come forth about the closing of Baja Bistro.
Jeff Wendell, who owns the building where the restaurant leased space, said he evicted the business for defaulting on rent.
Online court records show that Wendell’s limited liability company, Ischia Villa, filed a judgement against Baja Bistro owner Gregory Caldwell in October. Last month Caldwell was ordered to pay $8,625 plus 6 percent interest from the date of the judgement.
Caldwell said that he decided to leave the property because he had problems with Wendell and the property.
“There were rent issues and lease issues from day one,” he said.
The buzz on the blog this week has been over the closing of Baja Bistro Fresh Mex Grille in southwest Roanoke County.
The restaurant’s last day open was Sunday.
Owner Greg Caldwell said Tuesday that business was too slow because consumers are still holding back.
“It’s the same story you’re seeing from everyone,” Caldwell said. “Its just a tough environment out there. We just decided to pull the plug on it.”
Caldwell said he is looking into the possibility of reopening somewhere where rent is less expensive, but he stressed that he doesn’t have any firm plans.
Baja Bistro first opened in Salem on West Main Street. It moved to the Shops at West Village in 2010 when Caldwell bought the assets and lease from the space’s previous occupant, the Daily Grind.