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Arabella’s Landing GM: Red Rooster Cafe Lease Revoked Due to 'Non-Payment of Rent'

Red Rooster Cafe owner Jamie Radcliffe refused an offer to forgive a debt of more than $34,000, according to John Moist, general manager for Arabella’s Landing Marina.

Editor's Note: General Manager for Arabella’s Landing Marina, John Moist, released the following letter regarding the closure of Red Rooster Cafe to Patch on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013:

My name is John Moist and I have been the General Manager for Arabella’s Landing Marina, owned by Stan and Judy Stearns, for ten years.  This year Arabella’s celebrates our 19th year in business as the premier destination marina in the south Puget Sound.  Located on the property are four spaces for lease.  The Red Rooster location is one of the four.  I am positive that if you ask the other tenants they will tell you what fair and honest people the Stearns are.  While we dislike engaging in he said she said dialogue, we feel that it is time to put an end to the untruths and false accusations spilling forth from social media comments regarding the closure of the Red Rooster Café and Collectables.

On December 28, 2012 Miss Jamie Radcliffe, owner the Red Rooster Café and Collectibles, was presented with a letter written by me, without written benefit of council on behalf of Stan and Judy Stearns and Arabella’s Landing Marina, revoking her lease effective January 1, 2013 due to non-payment of rent.  The amount due was in excess of $23,000.00.  Of that amount $15,600.00 was deferred for the period August 2010 through June 2011 in order to give her time to build her business.  She was required to repay that amount from receipts during the summer months when business should be excellent.  Additionally, Mr. Stearns loaned Miss Radcliffe the sum of $11,000.00 to purchase equipment and food.  All of these sums were detailed in her lease agreement and agreed to and signed by Miss Radcliffe.  

In late October Miss Radcliffe came to me and asked us to give her until the end of the year before evicting her.  Miss Radcliffe was aware that winter was upon her and she would be unable to pay her full rent as occurred in 2010 and 2011.  I passed this request along to Mr. Stearns.  Mr. Stearns told me numerous times, over the nearly two and a half years, that he simply did not want her to fail and was willing to gave her every opportunity to succeed but now enough was enough.  Anymore and his support and benevolence would turn into a very poor business decision.  

Of the 29 months Miss Radcliffe’s Lease Agreement was in effect Mr. Stearns deferred payments for a total of 11 months.  Miss Radcliffe paid monthly invoices in their entirety a total of 4 times and she paid in excess of the monthly invoices 4 times for a total overpayment of $2,208.00.  Of course this overpayment total went towards the months she was short or paid nothing.  The bottom line is Miss Radcliffe failed to pay her invoices in full a total of 10 out of 18 months.

The letter that I presented to Miss Radcliffe on December 28, 2012 was a “settlement agreement.”  In return for her walking away from the business in an orderly manner, leaving everythingbehind except for her roosters to include leaving the space clean she would be forgiven her debt of more than $34,000.00.  Miss Radcliffe said no to the offer.

There is no intent on the part of Arabella’s Landing Marina to lease the retail space to any third party who wants to reopen the Red Rooster Café.  Since December 28, 2012 Miss Radcliffe and/or her friends have been seen removing items from the restaurant. In addition, a walk through inspection on December 31, 2012 revealed the space to be filthy. 

These numbers were taken from QuickBooks and are to the best of my knowledge accurate.

It is my hope that this statement puts to rest any and all thoughts that the Stearns are anything but honest hard working people who care deeply about the future of Gig Harbor.

John Moist, January 5, 2013

Brent Champaco January 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM
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Karen February 06, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Wow! So it continues... But on The GH Patch, Ms. Radcliffe cannot delete comments with which she does not agree as she does on her FB page! (My comments were all deleted, but her responses were not which is why the thread makes no sense!) Ms. Radcliffe knows EXACTLY why she was evicted. And I don't know what was dishonest or unprofessional about what Mr. Moist wrote. And GH Fisherman... if loaning money to a tenant and then expecting that tenant to keep up with the rent is unethical, well, you have a pretty messed up definition of unethical! Also, when a tenant does not pay rent, there is usually something in the lease called "landlord's lein" (or something like that). Since all Ms. Radcliffe did not have money to pay her landlord, the landlord has a right to place a 'lein' on property purchased for the business and can also 'ask' for rights to intellectual property: name of business, menu, etc. "That's the fact, Jack!" As my Aunt Mary Alice says "There are THREE sides to every story: HIS side, HER side, and the RIGHT side." We have been privy to a very altered version of Ms. Radcliffe's side. (Who is no longer supposed to be speaking about the matter.) And perhaps the reason we are not hearing from Mr. Stearns is because: a) He has some class and b) His lawyer has recommended that he not comment publically. If Ms. Radcliffe truly wants to 'move on' then she should remove the FB page of a restaurant that's closed and do just that: move on!
Jamie Radcliffe February 06, 2013 at 04:15 AM
Karen, you have sent me numerous FB private messages, posted many many times harassing me with no respect for the fact I have asked you kindly to stop. I deleted nothing. Simply blocked you through Facebook which apparently removed your 10+ posts. As I have mentioned to you before, this situation has absolutely nothing to do with you. Please stop involving yourself. Clearly the RR Facebook page is really frustrating you. Don't look at it. That is a very simple solution.
Karen February 09, 2013 at 06:04 AM
Ms. Radcliffe , I have saved every single private message I have ever sent on Facebook since joining in 2008. ONE was sent to you and it was a copy of the letter Mr. Moist sent to you! Yes, I've posted on your RR page. So when someone disagrees with you , asks questions, and confronts you with erroneous statements you have made, that is harassing you? Well, then I guess what you and your 'supporters' (who have a pretty scary way of showing it) have been saying about Mr. Stearns and Mr. Moist, well, I would say they are being harassed! You will say you have never said anything about Mr. Stearns, you gave him a birthday present, etc.; however, I never saw you once object when people said he didn't deserve to breathe the same air as everyone else, karma would get him, he was unethical and worse. You said you wanted to move on, but you never encouraged others to do the same and stop with the bashing of Mr. Stearns or Mr. Moist! Your RR page doesn't frustrate me; the rude and untrue comments about the Stearns and Mr. Moist DO! You also accused Me. Stearns' daughter (by name) of not giving him your gift. That's not very nice, AND it's not true! This situation has nothing to do with a lot of the people who posted support for you either. IF you read the newspaper, you'll see that people who write 'Letters to the Editor' are rarely directly related or involved in the story on which they are commenting. People write in response to articles to express an opinion.
Cheryl Ingram March 10, 2013 at 09:57 AM
Hi Jamie, so sorry to hear about your business not making it. My little store Funky Diva Jeans Boutique didnt either. Wow! It sounds like you had investors. I think if i would have had some help like that & some advertising i think i would still be open. It is SO HARD to open a small business in WA state! It is such a greedy state & its no wonder there was no piece of the pie left for me. Anyway, it breaks my heart that things didnt work out for you. Thanks 4 ur support in my cute little store. Yours was pretty cute too. Best of luck 2 you in whatever you do. At this point i need a JOB!!!! Cheryl "Lilmoma" Ingram

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