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Airport Cafe catches up on city lease; no eviction

Oct 19, 2012 - From staff reports

Riverton officials have received full payment from the owners of Airport Cafe at Riverton Regional Airport, and city administrator Steven Weaver says eviction proceedings for the restaurant have been canceled.

The Riverton City Council voted this week to terminate its contract with the Airport Cafe, citing the business' failure to pay more than $5,000 in rent. Weaver said Wednesday that eviction would not take place if the leaseholder paid in full.

The cafe has been a fixture at the airport for decades, first at the old terminal, and then at the new one, which was built specifically with space to accommodate the restaurant.

The business came under new ownership earlier this year, and Weaver said an up-to-date lease agreement was finalized in July. The contract held the current owners to $750 monthly rent payments, plus an additional $150 a month to cover previous debts to the city. Weaver said the city will work to ensure the current leaseholder does not incur another large debt to the city.

He added that it is in the city's best interest to keep the current owner in place at the airport. If the leaseholder is evicted, Weaver said the restaurant could sit empty for several months before a new owner moved in.

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