Events set for Sar­coa move to new venues

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS - NATALIE PADDON npad­don@thes­pec.com 905-526-2420 | @NatatTheSpec

Fu­ture wed­dings and other events booked at Sar­coa are be­ing moved to other venues af­ter a deal could not be reached be­tween the Hamil­ton Wa­ter­front Trust and the group that han­dled event book­ings at the har­bourfront space.

JEM Hos­pi­tal­ity says it has worked out an ar­range­ment with the Burling­ton Atrium, which will pro­vide ac­cess to three other venues for peo­ple who al­ready booked events.

“Our guests will have the choice of sev­eral won­der­ful op­tions, not far from the Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre,” JEM’s Mike At­tard said in an email.

The trust an­nounced late Thurs­day that JEM de­clined their of­fer to use the Dis­cov­ery Drive space pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by the eatery for their al­ready-booked events.

The lo­ca­tion was be­ing of­fered up for a “fee that was less than its costs,” ac­cord­ing to the trust.

At­tard said JEM had wanted to stay in the space but was look­ing for a long-term lease.

“Any ar­range­ments would have re­quired us to can­cel most of our up­com­ing events,” he said.

The is­sue stems from the wa­ter­front trust ter­mi­nat­ing Sar­coa’s 10year sub­lease last week for al­legedly breach­ing its con­di­tions and rack­ing up hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in un­paid rent.

Ac­cord­ing to At­tard, JEM had a “duly signed lease” with the restau­rant, spell­ing out the terms of their ac­tiv­i­ties and pay­ment sched­uled.

“We have been ad­vised that al­though we al­ways paid our rent to Sar­coa, it was not mak­ing its pay­ments to the Wa­ter­front Trust,” he said.

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