Frank Ski’s restaurant was once an Atlanta hot spot but the location soon closed after Frank Ski’s Atlanta departure.
Frank Ski is now facing a lawsuit by a nightclub owner who briefly sublet the space, which reopened (and subsequently closed) under the name ‘Klass.’
According to the AJC’s Rodney Ho, Frank Ski is being sued by Kevin Edwards, who briefly ran Klass in the space earlier this year.
Edwards filed a civil lawsuit in the Superior Court of Fulton County on December 11, which alleges that Ski “induced Klass to enter into a letter of intent to operate and manage the restaurant business,” but he says Ski then proceeded to try to force him to take over the lease, which he declined.
In the lawsuit, he is accusing Frank Ski of fraud and breach of contract and is seeking unspecified punitive damages.
As you know, Ski left V-103 after 14 years at the end of 2012 and in 2013, he worked at D.C.’s WHUR-FM. The restaurant began to suffer after Ski’s Atlanta departure, mainly due to poor customer service and because Ski was no longer able to promote it on-air in Atlanta.
Whatever the case, by early 2015, Frank Ski was seeking offers had put his lease up for sale for $395,000 and a monthly $18,000 lease.
Edwards arranged a deal in late April which allowed Ski to keep his lease and the liquor license but ceded restaurant operations to Edwards. He renamed it Klass.
Edwards paid Ski $50,000 and another $50,000 was placed in escrow, the lawsuit said.
“Unfortunately, months after the execution of the letter of intent, and after Klass had invested tens of thousands of dollars in improvements, renovations, and marketing for the business, Defendants attempted to change the deal,” the lawsuit stated. “Defendants insisted that Klass purchase the business and refused to execute the management agreement contemplated by the letter of intent.”
Edwards refused to take over the lease (including an SBA loan) and liquor license and walked away from the deal after running Klass for about three months. Ski, the lawsuit said, did not return any of the $100,000.
Ski has declined to comment on the lawsuit thus far but according to the AJC, he has relinquished the lease and is no longer paying the monthly fee.
The former Peachtree Road hotspot now sits empty and dilapidated…
In related news… Frank Ski was back on Atlanta airwaves this morning. As part of V-103’s 40th anniversary, Ryan Cameron and Wanda Smith brought in Mike Roberts, Carol Blackmon and Ski to reminisce about ‘the good ol’ days’…
What do you think of this ‘Frank Ski’ restaurant news?