[Updated at 1:15 p.m. May 28, 2015.]
Bainbridge Bakers was released from its lease at its Gateway location early this month. The Gateway management company, Elmquist Real Estate Services, confirmed that Bainbridge Bakers owner Mike Loudon is no longer renting the site and it is available for lease.
Cheryl Elmquist said the 2,176-square-foot space is currently listed at $5,939 per month, or $71,264 a year. She explained that Loudon’s lease structure was different, and this figure is not what he had been paying.
Gateway Operations Manager Laurie Rosenberg said other interested parties are now looking at the space.
In late March the site was shuttered with a note on the door saying it was a temporary closure while the business, which had been open for less than a year, restructured and expanded its offerings to a full-service restaurant. However, the business never reopened.
An eviction notice was posted last week at the original Bainbridge Bakers Winslow Green location. Dated May 21, the legal notice requested prompt payment of over $9,000 in back rent, with a threat of legal action for continued noncompliance. The owner of a neighboring business in the Winslow Green commercial center said she believed that Loudon had removed the eviction notice last Sunday, May 24, after returning from being out of town.
Elmquist declined to say if Loudon owed unpaid rent for the Gateway site.
A note remains on the Winslow Green establishment saying, “Bainbridge Bakers continues to be closed for reorganization. Thanks for your ongoing support.”
The company drew questions and scrutiny after one of its employees, with Loudon’s approval, posted a GoFundMe page on April 13 requesting $100,000 to “Help save Bainbridge Bakers!” and compensate employees who had been working unpaid for up to six weeks. On April 22, Loudon closed the fundraiser, saying that it had caused “great concern” and that in the interest of transparency he would be returning the money, approximately $7,500, to contributors.
Hollis Fay, the founder and original owner of Bainbridge Bakers, told Inside Bainbridge that her 8-grain pullaparts, a Bainbridge Bakers favorite, are now available at Farm Kitchen, Rolling Bay Cafe, Commuter Comforts, and Metro Market Cafe.
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Photos by Julie Hall.