Dave’s Bagel & Bread Café on Cedarburg’s south side, offering
breakfast and lunch sandwiches, fresh-squeezed orange juice and
smoothies and bagels, breads and muffins made from scratch, will
close at the end of this year.
Shop owner Dave
Forrest was notified at the end of May that the lease will not be
renewed for next year.
Concord Development Company, could not be reached for comment before
the News Graphic’s deadline, but Forrest said he was told they had a
different plan for the building.
has been at its W62 N206 Washington Ave. location for nearly 15
years. Forrest said the business has maintained an amicable
relationship with the landlord to this point, and while the news has
been very shocking, it is legal.
nothing improper going on. It’s always up to the landlord what they
want to do,” he said.
both landlords and tenants have the right not to renew a lease,
unless that decision is based on discrimination or retaliation – a
tenant attempting to assert their rights, according to the Wisconsin
nonprofit, Tenant Resource Center. A landlord does not typically
have to provide a reason for nonrenewal.
they have looked at a number of other locations, but relocating does
not seem likely. Doing so would require a build-out, moving costs,
plumbing and electrical work and likely taking on another loan,
which Forrest said they are not able to do at this point.
“I was looking
forward to finishing my career here, but unless you have the capital
to buy your own building or build your own building, it’s kind of
the dice you roll when you rent,” he said.
Forrest said he
has no regrets and is thankful for all the loyal patrons and support
they have received over the years.
really sad that we’re not going to be able to continue on here. …
We’ve gotten to know a lot of people here; we’ve been fortunate to
watch kids grow up and go off to college and come back to start
their own families,” he said. “It will be a sad day when we leave.”