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$972,000 ruling against Mallozzi in back rent case

$972,000 ruling against Mallozzi in back rent case

Appeal expected in long-running dispute over Hollywood Brown Derby
$972,000 ruling against Mallozzi in back rent case
The former Hollywood Brown Derby.
Photographer: Courtesy Google Maps

ALBANY — A judge has ordered The Mallozzi Group to pay nearly $1 million in a lawsuit over unpaid rent for their short-lived Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant in Albany.

The company, a sizeable presence in the Schenectady-area restaurant and catering industry, opened the Clinton Avenue restaurant in 2008 and closed it in 2012, saying it was not performing to their expectations. 

University Development LLC sued it for rent unpaid from the shutdown of the restaurant until the building’s sale. John and Robert Mallozzi are named as co-defendants with The Mallozzi Group.

In May 2017, Judge Richard Platkin issued a default judgment in Albany County Supreme Court in favor of University Development, after finding the defendants had not complied with orders to provide information to the plaintiffs.

On Oct. 31, he ordered payment of $972,060.89: $537,322 for breach of lease, $249,876.81 for accrued interest and $184,862.08 in attorney fees.

John P. Calareso Jr., attorney for University Development, said Tuesday his client is satisfied with the sum of money in the judgment, but the case is not over yet.

“Obviously there are going to be appeals,” he said.

Clemente J. Parente, an attorney for the Mallozzis, declined comment Tuesday.

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