Perks coffee evicted from ferry terminal digs

Personal conflict between popular coffee shop owner and building landlord escalates into visit from the bailiff delivering eviction notice.

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Perks Coffee (1781 Upper Water Street) next to the Halifax ferry terminal was closed abruptly Tuesday afternoon when a bailiff from the sheriff’s department showed up unexpectedly with an eviction order, says Perks owner Marshia Inkpen.

Inkpen says she has never been late with the rent, and mailed off October’s rent cheque as usual. She claims she wasn’t notified until Friday afternoon that the cheque hadn’t been received, so Monday sent an employee to the bank, stopped payment on the initial cheque and wrote another, then called landlord Michel Lindthaler to notify him a replacement was available. Then the bailiff showed up.

As Inkpen tells it, the dispute reflects a personal conflict between herself and Lindthaler, from whom she bought the business 10 years ago. “I laid off a good friend of his, who was my head chef in the kitchen.”

Inkpen says this morning she will ask a judge to quash the eviction with an injunction order.

Lindthaler has not yet been available for comment.

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