Ford's Real Hamburgers wasn't in great financial shape. The recession had taken its toll on the business, and in June, they had a semi-public split with Taylor's Market over the price of the ground beef they were using for their burgers.
Over the weekend, an ADA lawsuit was the straw that broke the camel's back, and the restaurant closed. Loretta Kalb in the Sac Bee has more details.
The "last straw," he said, was when Carmichael attorney Scott N. Johnson, who is quadriplegic, wrote a letter to the restaurant about two months ago citing its failures under the Americans with Disabilities Act, including its lack of a disabled parking space and a restroom that could accommodate wheelchair access.
Johnson, who acknowledges filing thousands of ADA compliance lawsuits, said Sunday that he did not get a response from the restaurant and subsequently filed suit.
On Sunday morning, Johnson said, he called Hank Vereschzagin to talk about how to resolve the case.
"What business operators and property owners need to know is that they only have to do what they can afford to do," Johnson said, or what is "readily achievable."
But the elder Vereschzagin told The Bee there "wasn't a lot of point" in figuring out how much it would have cost to comply with ADA. "We were hanging on as it was."
Around noon, the co-owner of nearby Burgess Brothers' Burgers was on hand, carting off kitchen equipment for meat slicing, milkshakes and more.
"Saturday, Pete came to my restaurant and told me that was going to be his last day," said co-owner Jonathan Burgess.
So, Burgess looked over the restaurant equipment and paid a deposit.
Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.
In case the name of the Scott N. Johnson sounds familiar, it's because he's gone after other restaurants in the area, including Squeeze Inn and Redrum Burger in Davis.
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