Court Filings: Besito Mexican Restaurant Owes Blue Back Square Landlord $250,000 In Back Rent

The South Main Street Mexican restaurant that shuttered its doors to patrons and staff Monday is being sued by its landlord and is accused of failing to pay roughly $250,000 in back rent, according to court filings.

On Monday, signs taped to the glass windows outside Besito restaurant said it was unable to renegotiate a lease at Blue Back Square. One of the restaurant's co-owners told the Courant that the roughly 35-45 employees were told about the closing Monday. The upscale Mexican restaurant opened in 2009 at 46 S. Main St. and became known for its stylish modern cuisine.

As of June 8, according to court records filed in Hartford Superior Court from Blue Back Square General Manager Robyn Rifkin, Besito owed $250,646.66 in back rent to SOF-IX Blue Back Square Holdings, L.P. According to that affidavit, Blue Back Square issued a notice to Besito on May 18 demanding the restaurant make a payment for the outstanding rent.

Besito first entered into a lease agreement with Blue Back Square on June 17, 2008, and, according to court filings, that lease was amended twice in March 2009 and July 2011.

In late June, Blue Back Square Holdings, L.P. attorney Kevin McEleney filed a motion to obtain copies of Besito's assets including, access to bank accounts, information on all real property Besito owns, information on any equipment and motor vehicles owned by Besito, any information on accrued debts, any current or pending contracts Besito has with other clients that would produce a source of income or revenue,any other litigation Besito is involved in, any trusts or estates and a description of any income from other sources, according to the filing.

On July 5, Attorney John Q. Gale, representing Besito, requested a motion to respond to Blue Back Square's requests for information and also asked that Blue Back Square provide copies of any financial record-keeping like statements, ledgers, payment histories and receipts from June 17, 2008, copies of all correspondence and complaints between Blue Back Square and Besito, and copies of all agreements other than the lease agreement.

Attorneys representing Blue Back Square and Besito could not immediately be reached for comment.

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