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Midway Mall owners say Ground Round owes thousands in back rent


ELYRIA — The Ground Round made a return to Ohio by way of an Elyria restaurant in 2012 and now, less than two years later, the doors are closed, and it seems as if the restaurant’s proprietors owe thousands in back rent.

An eviction notice was placed on the door of the West River Road North location this week asking for the occupants, Dohel Enterprises, to leave the building, which has been shuttered since at least early August.

The letter, sent by a Cleveland law firm on behalf of Centro Midway, said the operators of the Ground Round have failed to pay rent between March 2012 and September 2013 and owes more than $91,000 in unpaid rent.

The letter states Centro Midway has consistently demanded payment and even sent a certified letter asking for the back rent in November 2012. The Ground Round closed Aug. 12, although in the letter it said the business must remain open throughout the duration of the lease.

Calls to Jack Crawford, who is president of the independent owners’ cooperative that brought the Ground Round back, were not returned.

Through email, Midway Mall manager Mark Bressler said he was not available Wednesday to answer questions pertaining to Ground Round.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or

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