The downward spiral of the space formerly known as Buddha Bar continues, with news leaking today that the owners are being sued by their attorneys over unpaid legal bills. It seems that Little Rest Twelve (the group operating what is now Ajna Bar) still owes the firm of Baker & Hostetler over $300,000 for 2 months of work in their in their trademark case against Buddha Bar Worldwide.
Little Rest Twelve was shocked by the cost of Baker & Hostetler's work and hired another firm, Fish & Richardson, on a fixed fee. Too bad Little Rest didn't pay them either, and owe the second firm over $100,000. Despite all of these legal bills, Little Rest lost the case against the parent company and had to change the name anyway, making the opening of BB NYC one of the biggest busts in New York restaurant history.
· Baker Firm Sues High-Profile Bar Over Unpaid Legal Bills [NYLJ] (subscription req'd)
· Baker Hostetler LLP vs Little Rest Twelve [PDF]
· Buddha Bar Coverage [~ENY~]