The Abbey restaurant in the foothills will reopen at 4 p.m. today, a day after a creditor seized the restaurant and locked out the operators.
After an emergency hearing Friday morning before U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Brenda Moody Whinery, Ventura-Pacific Development agreed to allow Abbygrace LLC to enter the restaurant at 6960 E. Sunrise Drive this afternoon.
Brian Metzger, who owns Abbygrace, said the restaurant would be open by 4 p.m. He would not comment on the hearing except to say that “I’m so excited I can’t tell you” that the restaurant was reopening and will be serving a new menu that was announced on its Facebook page Wednesday, the day before Ventura-Pacific seized The Abbey Thursday morning. Ventura-Pacific said it took the restaurant after Abbygrace LLC fell three months behind in repaying $30,000 it owed the construction company for renovations.
Ventura-Pacific’s attorney Mark Heckele said the parties are expected back in court for a hearing next Wednesday that could decide the restaurant’s fate.
See the full story in Saturday’s Star.