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Florida Avenue Grill Owner Sues “his New York-based financier”. Reader Finds Similar Situation Occurred in 2009

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Thanks to all who sent emails about the Post’s follow up article on the foreclosure sale scheduled for the Florida Avenue Grill.

“Imar Hutchins, owner of Florida Avenue Grill, sued his New York-based financier on Monday, alleging “predatory lending” and “deceptive practices,” and will ask a D.C. Superior Court judge this week to issue a temporary restraining order to stop a foreclosure auction of the oldest, continuously operating soul food restaurant in America.”

You can read the full story here.

Another reader notes: “Doesn’t this read almost exactly the same as the NYT article?”

In August 2009 the New York Times reported:

“In his briefcase, Imar Hutchins carries a certified check for $25,000. It is a crazy amount to walk around with, but for the last nine months, a series of banks have refused to take the money, even though Mr. Hutchins owes it toward a mortgage on a small apartment building in Harlem.”

You can read that full story here.

Updates on all fronts as the story develops.

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