GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Sandmann's, a popular BBQ restaurant in Grand Rapids, has closed and its property has been seized by the 17th Circuit Court of Michigan.
Court records show Mercantile Bank sued the owners in 17th Circuit Court in October 2011.
In March of this year the court ordered a foreclosure on the property, ordering the couple to repay $310,000. On May 7, an order was entered seizing the property.
24 Hour News 8 received a tip via ReportIt about the closure, so we went the restaurant early Tuesday morning and noticed this sign posted on the door --
NOTICE OF ATTACHMENT
The 17th Cir. Court of the State of Michigan
"This Establishment + All Assets (Sandman's) (sic) having been attached by me and now being in my possession by virtue of a Claim + Delivery issued out of the 17th Cir for the County of Kent State of Michigan. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person removing or attempting to removed said Property without my written permission, or in any way interfering with said Claim + Delivery or my duly authorized Deputy or Keeper in charge thereof, WILL BE PROSECUTED TO THE EXTENT OF THE LAW."
An attorney for owners Randall Sandifer and Ursula Mann-Sandifer said they are trying to regroup and figure out what their next move will be.
The attorney also said the owners are troubled about catering orders that were paid for and will now be unfulfilled. That includes a young couple who paid a deposit to have Sandmann's cater their wedding next month.
Sandmann's attorney is referring people to the bank's attorney to see if they can get their deposits back.
Sandmann's began selling BBQ rib and chicken dinners to various factory employees during lunch and festivals around the state in the early 1990s, according to the business' website. They opened the restaurant at 1200 Wealthy St. SE in 2000.
Sandmann's was also a major player in revitalizing the Wealthy Street business district.
The closing of this restaurant has saddened customers who love their barbecue.
"They did a lot of things for the community," said BBQ-lover Quentin Wade, who walks by the storefront every day. "It's just sad to see another business go down."
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