Acting as landlords, Dayton city officials signed a lease calling for below-market rent on a downtown restaurant project that was troubled from the start and which ended only after the restaurant’s owner accrued more than $60,000 in unpaid rent and taxes.
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Key dates in Sa-Bai restaurant’s timeline
• June 24, 2009: City of Dayton officials issue news release about upcoming opening of Sa-Bai Asian restaurant in city-owned space at East Fifth and Jefferson streets.
• June 2011: Sa-Bai opens to the public, about 22 months after it was first projected to open.
• October 2012: Sa-Bai closes for two week “re-set,” reopening with what its Facebook page called “a revamped menu and all new staff.”
• December 2012: Under pressure from city officials, Sa-Bai’s owner promises to “pay and stay current on rent and pay minimum $500 a month on back rent.”
• March 11, 2013: The city starts eviction proceedings with an order-to-vacate letter, citing more than $60,000 in unpaid rent, taxes, utilities and fees.