The Real Jerk wins temporary injunction to stay put
The Real Jerk will get to stay at the southeast corner of Queen and Broadview, for a little longer anyway. After being given a paltry 31 days to vacate the space they've occupied for over 20 years, owner Edward Pottinger and his wife filed for a temporary injunction to remain at their current location until they can find a suitable alternative.
The restaurant confirmed earlier today via Twitter that it had won the case. Although not all the details have become available, it would appear that the victory means the Real Jerk will remain where it is for another year.
Update (12:00 p.m.):
Ed Pottinger has told the Globe and Mail that he is already scouting another location for his Queen east fixture. Although a reprieve was granted, there will be a steep increase of rent in the upcoming months if the restaurant doesn't find a new home.
Entrepreneurs Rick Aulier and Scott Brockington are gunning to open an Irish pub in the space at a rate of $12,000 a month, a $5,700 hike from the rent Pottinger has been paying. Although the restaurant has the right to stay for a year, if it doesn't relocate by March 1, 2012, Pottinger will be required to make up the rent that Aulier and Brockington would pay.
Despite this potential increase, he remains upbeat with the news. "This is what I always wanted. I just wanted a little more time to relocate and I now have that. Whatever happens from now on, I'm going to be looking for a new place to relocate the Jerk, hopefully in the neighbourhood," he told CTV news on Wednesday evening.
Update by Roxanne Hathway-Baxter