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Lender files lawsuit against Canal Walk restaurant.



A lender has filed a lawsuit against the owners of Haxall Point by F.W. Sullivan’s, saying they’ve defaulted on a $50,000 loan that was used to help open the Canal Walk restaurant.

According to the lawsuit, filed last week in Richmond Circuit Court, R&S Vending and Richard Medford offered the short-term loan to Hayden Fisher, Jake Crocker and their company, Jacobus Rex, in March.

The restaurateurs made two monthly payments, according to the lawsuit, but failed to make regular payments since August. The lawsuit seeks $47,224 plus court costs and attorneys’ fees.

“It sounds like a frivolous lawsuit and it’s being taken care of,” Crocker says. He adds that he hadn't seen the suit.

He and his partners faced another financial issue last month, when Jorge’s Cantina, owned by Crocker, Fisher and Jose Garcia, was evicted from its building for failure to pay $30,000 in back rent.

F.W. Sullivan’s Fan Bar & Grille is a popular spot on Main Street in the Fan. Its Fredericksburg outpost closed in July 2013. Another Sullivan’s opened along the canal that October. In May, chef Malcolm Mitchell of “Next Food Network Star” and Crocker scrapped plans to open Mitchell’s Mint Gastropub inside of the restaurant.

Paul Anders, the lawyer for R&S Vending, declines to comment.

The lawsuit says the Haxall Point location of F.W. Sullivan’s is closed, but the doors were open yesterday. An employee says the restaurant remains open for breakfast, lunch and special events.

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