Developer Says Cafe “Took a Crap” All Over Opportunity
On the eve of an election day, this wasn’t exactly the drama we were expecting out of Point Breeze but it does involve Ori Feibush of OCF Realty, so there is that. A Craigslist post went up offering Breezy’s Cafe location at 1200 Point Breeze Avenue for rent. The ad sets the availability of the space as October, 2016. This was a surprise to Point Breeze residents as the cafe was a welcome addition and seems to have a loyal following.
On Friday, October 30th, Breezy’s owner Kristin Wolack responded to an article about the spot’s potential closure saying that they are not closing but are looking for another location in Point Breeze. In her Facebook post, Wolack cites issues with heating and cooling in the building as well as issues with water leaks. Breezy’s landlord is Feibush.
Yesterday, Feibush went to Facebook to respond to questions he’s received about pushing Breezy’s out and why he couldn’t make things work out. According to Feibush, he put $150,000 into the building, provided a year of free rent and covered Breezy’s security deposit to get the cafe open. Feibush feels that,”rather than take that opportunity and run with it, they took a crap all over it.”
You can read all of Feibush’s statement below. Breezy’s Cafe is open for business.
Many of you asked me over the last few days why “I am pushing Breezy’s out” of their current location. I am not.
You asked me why I couldn’t try and make things work. I have.
You asked me why I haven’t given them a second chance. They had a dozen second chances.
You asked me why I had to let them find out through social media that their space was for rent. I did not. I told them 4 months ago.
You asked me why I couldn’t give them the first opportunity to lease their space again. I did.
You believed these tall tails because every story must have a hero and a villain and OCF must be that villain.
The truth is that Breezy’s had an opportunity that no small business owner ever gets. It’s an opportunity others could only dream of. Rather than take that opportunity and run with it, they took a crap all over it.
I spent $150,000 of my own money to help Breezy’s open up at 1200 Point Breeze. That amount does not include the year of free rent which I gave them to get on their feet, the fronting of their security deposit so they could open the doors without spending a dollar, or the thousands I spent with a smile on my face for taxes and insurance to make their lives as easy as possible.
You may also think that I own the building where Breezy’s is. I do not. I leased it for the sole purpose of giving them a real chance after they picked a terrible first location. Any of you who are disparaging my team are welcome to do the exact same thing for their next location.
All of that said, life is too short to hold ill will and I consider this to be a simple reminder that no good deed goes unpunished.
I wish Breezy’s nothing but success and hope they find their new location to be even better than their old.
Breezy’s Cafe [Official]