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Hogger's BBQ Won't Reopen After All – At Least For Now

A last-minute lease dispute put the brakes on plans to revive the popular Berkley eatery, co-owner says.

Diners who showed up Monday for the slated reopening of Hogger's BBQ in Berkley only to find the door locked will be further disappointed to learn plans to revive the popular restaurant have fizzled.

A last-minute lease dispute put the brakes on the reopening, Berkley businessman Andy Gilbert said Tuesday. He had stepped in earlier this month to help the beleaguered business after co-owner Jane Lancaster closed the restaurant, also citing lease issues.

"We have lost our lease after many months of disagreements with our landlord," Lancaster wrote in an e-mail to customers earlier this month. "We really wish we had been able to negotiate with him."

A glum Gilbert said Tuesday that he and Lancaster have not decided whether to try to reopen in another location. He declined further comment.

The building owner on file with the city of Berkley – Hoo Sai Kai, LLC, of El Cajon, CA – could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Virginia November 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM
what is in it for the landlord to have this business close?
Lynn Vander Meer November 28, 2012 at 01:01 PM
oh maaaan..... I was looking forward to breakfast :(
Berkley Mom November 28, 2012 at 01:36 PM
We were so disappointed that it wasn't open on Monday. :(
Adam November 28, 2012 at 01:47 PM
This is shocking to hear, tonight they had everyone worked out. :-(. As I am sad to here this news, I think professionally they should have put a sign up on the restaurant doors letting customers no, for those who showed up. Also to update their website with updated info. Hope then reopen soon :-).
marla jansen November 28, 2012 at 02:13 PM
What a drag!
Lianne Mathie November 28, 2012 at 02:45 PM
This is incredibly sad.
DJ Heavy November 28, 2012 at 02:59 PM
This sucks. Hopefully they can find a new location in Berkley where they don't have to deal with some slumlord hiding in California.
Richard Weed November 28, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Hoggers has enough fans in Berkley that they would be stupid not to relocate. There's a great spot next to Jet's on Coolidge. There are several other vacancies on Coolidge and 12 Mile. HURRY UP AND REOPEN!!!
Joshua Hunter November 28, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Reminds me of what Hillers did to Harrison Luggage.
Frank Malek November 28, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I was so looking forward to the re-opening, son even went for take-out, only to find locked-out :( . Please re-open elsewhere, obviously the building owner doesn't care, he doesn't even live anywhere near our town....
Virginia November 28, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Yeah, that sucked too. I was looking forward to Hiller's expanding...maybe the aisles would have been big enough for both a cart AND a human!
Virginia November 28, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Or the old Taco Bell, or the old BBC bldg, or co-locate with Clarks?
Jackie November 29, 2012 at 09:50 PM
We have a small business in Berkley. The landlord put up a for lease sign six months before the lease ends because we won't sign now. This will hurt our business. Landlords should understand that empty space is not good for anyone. Good luck to Hoggers' owners and crew. We plan to stay in the Berkley/Royal Oak/ Huntington area.

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