Peter Thomas Hit With $100,000 Lawsuit For Past Due Rent On Bar One Restaurant
If you’ve watched episodes of Real Housewives of Atlanta this season, I’m sure you’ve seen the ladies (Cynthia specifically), hanging out, eating and taking care of business at Bar One in Atlanta. Of course, this is the restaurant/bar owned by Bailey’s husband, Peter Thomas, and according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he has not been paying his bills.
According to the AJC, one of his landlords, Eloshua Elliott (his other landlord is the group, Showtime Cafe) filed a complaint in Fulton County court alleging that Thomas owes more than $100,000 in past due rent and other fees, which according to the suit, include “late fees, bank charges, real estate property taxes and unpaid utilities.” As the story goes, Thomas’ rent is $10,000 a month, and Elliott says that he hasn’t paid it since 2013, starting in March. A separate complaint was also filed against Thomas and his entertainment group for alleged past due rent on Cynthia’s Bailey Agency property, where her modeling agency operates. According to the complaint, Peter owes upwards of $29,000 for that property.
But before you start giving him the side-eye, in an interview with AJC yesterday, Thomas said that he has been paying the rent to the primary landlord for Bar One, Showtime Cafe, but they’ve been playing with his money. He claims that before last March he had been paying Showtime Cafe, but they weren’t passing the money on to the bank, First Fidelity, for mortgage they owe. Once he found out about this, Thomas said he started putting his rental payments in escrow with his attorney so that he wouldn’t be getting screwed while Showtime Cafe, who he also claims is dealing with foreclosure proceedings, deals with its issues with the bank. But he says he can afford to pay his rent and has:
“I’ve been caught in the middle of the crossfire. Believe me. I’m confused too by the situation. I’ve asked one of our investigative guys to dig up the foreclosure paperwork and see what the heck happened and who actually owns the properties.”
Thomas claims that Fidelity bank has no issue with him, so he doesn’t owe Elliott anything. Elliott has tried to kick him out of the Bar One space twice for these issues, and claims his lease ended at the end of 2013. But Thomas says the way his lease is set up, he has a five-year option and because he wasn’t told that his lease was being cut off, he believes it was extended automatically. He continues to own and operate the bar until this messy and quite confusing situation gets worked out.
Money problems have been an issue for the couple in the past on Real Housewives of Atlanta, but we’re hoping this whole situation will be resolved soon.