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Friday, May 7, 2010

Ike's Place Facing Eviction

Posted By on Fri, May 7, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Neighbors have had enough of scenes like this. - PREMSHREE PILLAI/FLICKR
Fans of Ike's Place know how hard it can be to battle the epic lines to score a Fat Bastard sandwich. Next week, owner Ike Shehadeh will likely find out how hard it'll be to stay in business on 16th Street.

The New York Times is reporting that the popular sandwich shop is facing eviction. From the Times:

These days, the outside of the sandwich shop looks like a North Beach nightclub -- but at 2 in the afternoon. There is always a line of young people, cordoned by rope, sometimes halfway down the block. Cars roll up to the curb, music thumping. The neighbors cannot stand it. "I don't know if you'd like crowds and garbage and cigarettes butts and people yelling in front of your home," said Julian Lastowski, a lawyer for one resident. Neighbors say customers leave trash in mail slots and on the sidewalk. And for years, there has been a sticky odor of grease from the kitchen.

The four residents who live above Ike's are pissed ― the Times notes they've logged more than 40 calls to the police and city Health and Planning departments since 2007, when Ike's moved in. Lawyers for the residents are threatening to sue both Shehadeh and the building's landlord, Denman S. Drobisch, who's seeking to shut down the shop.

Shehadeh goes to court next week.

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