Le Manhattan Bistro Closes Abruptly
WILKES-BARRE — An upscale downtown restaurant abruptly closed Friday after the operator was evicted for not paying rent, officials confirmed.
The eviction was carried out at Le Manhattan Bistro at 264-268 S. Main St. by a locksmith and members of the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department, officials said.
The building’s owner, Main and Ross Properties LLC, on Nov. 19 had filed a judgement against restaurant operator and chef Gwenael Le Pape, alleging he owed thousands in past and advance rent.
The company sought Le Pape’s eviction and $63,570, which included attorneys’ fees.
Other reasons for the eviction included approximately $20,000 in tax liens filed by the state and judgment filed by food suppliers, officials said.
Sam Johnson, who owns the building, which also contains apartments, confirmed Friday night the tenant was behind in rent and the sheriffs executed an eviction.
Efforts to reach Le Pape were not immediately successful.
The restaurant was not open Friday night and a handwritten “closed” sign was affixed to the door.
This is the second time the restaurant abruptly closed. In January 2014, it closed after only three months when the then-owner returned to France to care for a family member. At the time, it was known as The Southside Bistro
Le Pape, who was a chef at the restaurant, reopened it months later under the new name.