Last call? Locks changed on Red Hot Chili Pep­per

The Niagara Falls Review - - Local - RACHEL EM­MANUEL

Bailiffs ar­rived to the Red Hot Chili Pep­per Bar & Grille on Wednes­day af­ter­noon to change the locks and “take in­ven­tory.”

With­out warn­ing, the bar closed on the week­end and has since re­mained closed.

The Red Hot Chili Pep­per has not ex­plained the clo­sure on its Twit­ter ac­count.

St. Paul Street busi­ness in St. Catharines is a restau­rant by day and club by night. Since 1990, the venue has been a pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion for Ni­a­gara youth.

The Stan­dard was un­able to con­tact the busi­ness own­ers.

Tisha Polocko, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the St. Catharines Down­town As­so­ci­a­tion, said she was not aware of any is­sues at the Pep­per and is un­sure why it’s closed.

The Ni­a­gara Re­gional Po­lice con­firmed that they were present Wednes­day to “keep the peace” while the locks were changed, said me­dia re­la­tions of­fi­cer Phil Gavin.

Gavin said the NRP was called to the bar at about 1:30 p.m. to en­sure no is­sues arose while the bailiff was present.

Gavin said there were no prob­lems and of­fi­cers left shortly af­ter the locks were changed.

The Red Hot Chili Pep­per rents its lo­ca­tion on 1 St. Paul St.

The build­ing, which houses var­i­ous St. Catharines’ busi­nesses, in­clud­ing The Stan­dard, was pur­chased ear­lier this year by ESHA Madeleine BagchiGrand Inc. The com­pany has not re­sponded to re­quests for com­ment.

For the past year, Red Hot Chili Pep­per has been listed for sale as a com­mer­cial busi­ness at $695,000, said Ralph Roselli, the real­tor for the busi­ness.

“This es­tab­lished busi­ness, since 1990, with great food and amaz­ing prices, is be­ing of­fered as busi­ness only with all chat­tels in­cluded,” a list­ing reads on real­tor.ca.

It con­tin­ues, “Ten­ants cur­rently un­der ne­go­ti­a­tion with land­lord for lease ex­ten­sion.”

Roselli said he has not been told by the own­ers to re­move the list­ing.

Bar em­ploy­ees who were con­tacted de­clined to com­ment.

RACHEL EM­MANUEL THE ST. CATHARINES STAN­DARD

A bailiff and locksmith ar­rived to The Red Hot Chili Pep­per Bar and Grille on Wednes­day af­ter­noon.

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