Petition update

Eviction - Press Release

Saba Tekle
Seattle, WA, United States

Jul 1, 2019 — 

Today, the owner of Saba Ethiopian Cuisine, lost her eviction case and soon may have to close. But the fight is not over. With your help, we can inspire change.

Prior to court today a meeting was scheduled with, Gabe Rosenshine and Jay Miller of Alchemy Real Estate, where they requested to meet with the owner of Saba alone.

The objective was relocating the restaurant but she was misled again instead they used it as an opportunity to be hostile and to try to bully her into stop going public. In fact, they stated they relocated her neighbor because, "They didn't say anything."

We have made every attempt to resolve any and all issues even when we were not at fault. We were within our right to peacefully protest as this is an ongoing issue in Seattle. 

But even with a letter from Kshama Sawant, whose office has been working closely with us, requesting to that they cease the eviction, they choose to continue without relocation assistance. 

Today we lost in court. But it is not over. Let us come together to hold them accountable. 

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Soulless in Seattle — Another Immigrant Owned Restaurant Hangs in the Balance

June 16th the beloved owner of Saba Ethiopian Cuisine of 18 years was served with the intent to evict papers from the lawyers of the new property owner, Centric Partners LLC.

Months prior, the same company, Centric Partners LLC, collectively owned by Alchemy Real Estate and North West Builders Finance (NWBF) stated they would relocate the locally famous family business who has contributed to the community for close to 20 years.

Jason “Jay” Miller of Alchemy Real Estate and Centric Partners LLC (also owned by Gabe Rosenshine and Harry Nayyar), after pleading, met with the owner and daughter and began the relocation process in exchange that the petition stopped.

But when the time came to fund the relocation, Jason “Jay” Miller of Alchemy Real Estate disappeared. No one would respond then the building was sold.

A new management company, Cascade, representing the new owner, Centric Partner LLC, came to collect rent and proceeded to “assist” her again with relocating then also withdrew contact.

“We have been removed from any management with you and have been asked not to communicate.” — Tammy, Cascade

Now, Saba Ethiopian Cuisine faces an eviction like most commercial or residential tenants in the now Soulless Seattle.

Over 5 years, the owner of Saba, had to also fight with the original owner. Her previous owner, Lu Luc, was also going to evict her because it is “cheaper” to find loophole in her lease than to relocate her. His daughter Mai Luc who once represented him as management, also withdrew contact once the property was going to be sold. To add insult to injury they had their lawyers respond to her with a cease or desist demanding to “stop harassing them” after trying to contact them twice.

This is the ongoing struggle and current climate of the now “Gentrified” Soulless Seattle.

Our voice, our story matters even if we cannot legally hold Jason “Jay” Miller and Gabe Rosenshine of Alchemy Real Estate, Harry Nayyar of Centric Partners, LLC accountable or Lu and Mai Luc, we use our voice to inspire change.

Join us in protesting Soulless Seattle. Sign the petition, come to our press conference and wait for updates on how to show up for this small business owner + more:

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