Suits settled, Bootsy Bellows to move to Crystal Palace
It appears the curtains are drawing on Aspen’s restaurant-row soap opera.
Nightclub Bootsy Bellows has settled two lawsuits — one in Denver federal court, the other in Pitkin County District Court — with plans to reopen at the old Crystal Palace location in June. Bootsy Bellows will continue to operate from its existing location through April 15, parties to the litigation said.
The new developments were revealed in court documents and through sources Wednesday. They effectively end the battle between the nightclub and the owners of a penthouse at 308 E. Hopkins Ave., who claimed their underground neighbor had operated illegally and created too much noise, disrupting their quality of life.
On Feb. 5, JP’s Nevada Trust filed suit in Aspen to evict Bootsy Bellows. JP Trust acquired the commercial spaces of 308 E. Hopkins Ave. through a drawn-out foreclosure process that involved the penthouse owners, married couple Michael Sedoy and Natalia Shvachko.
The eviction suit claimed Booty Bellows refused to leave the premises, although its lease had been terminated and it had not paid base rent for more than six months. The suit also alleged Bootsy Bellows was operating as a nightclub under the auspices of a restaurant, which was in violation of the building’s covenants.
The couple, whose primary residence is in New York City, also sued Bootsy Bellows and its owner, Andrew Sandler, in the U.S. District Court of Denver. Their claims were similar to the Aspen lawsuit: Bootsy Bellows operated illegally and made too much noise.
Sandler said he has made good on rent through April 15, when the nightclub will leave the space. The settlement also stipulates that Sandler not make disparaging remarks about Sedoy and Shvachko in the press or social media, he said.
Sandler said he’s glad to put the litigation behind him and move on.
“You can expect the same level of detail and pizazz that you have in the current space,” he said, noting he’s aiming for the relocated Bootsy Bellows to open in time for the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, the event that signals the start of Aspen’s high summer season.
Attorney Christopher Healey, who represents JP’s Nevada Trust in the eviction suit, confirmed that a settlement has been reached.
“I can confirm that he can stay through April 15,” he said.
Court papers filed Wednesday in the federal case also showed that the matter had been dismissed.
Bootsy Bellow’s tenancy at the Crystal Palace is a temporary set-up. Developer Mark Hunt, who owns the structure at 300 E. Hyman Ave., has filed an application with the city to convert the building into a boutique lodge. The proposal, which could take years for approval and construction, is pending.
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