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Daiquiri Factory facing eviction again

September 9, 2016 GMT

The embattled Daiquiri Factory in downtown Spokane faces eviction if the owner doesn’t pay a hefty sum owed to the building landlord.

The bar earned notoriety several years ago for naming drinks that critics said were insensitive. Among them: “Date Grape Kool-Aid.”

A three-day notice to pay rent or vacate has been posted on the door of the business at 121 N. Wall St. The notice states that the business owners owe $14,296 to the landlord, FPA Crescent Associates.

The landlord attempted to evict the business in 2014, but the Washington State Court of Appeals ruled that FPA Crescent Associates did not post the required three day notice to pay rent or vacate and overturned the eviction.

The business was previously owned by Jamie Pendleton, but his name does not appear on the current business license or the liquor license application. Pendleton pleaded guilty to felony grand theft in Idaho earlier this year and convicted felons are barred from obtaining liquor licenses.

The name of Pendleton’s daughter and mother are listed on the business license and the liquor license application. The Spokane Police Department is currently investigating Pendleton for possible identity theft after Pendleton’s daughter contacted police and said her father has been using her name for the business without her permission.

The business reopened in June but was cited for operating without the required entertainment facility license. That license was later denied by the city. The Washington State Liquor and Cannibas Board recently denied the business’ liquor license application.

The denial was based on misrepresentation of fact and refusal to submit requested documents, said WSLCB spokesman Mikhail Carpenter. Investigators also believe that there is an “undisclosed party of interest” on the license, Carpenter said.