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Avila v Avila in Court: Live Update

Ricardo Avila, center, outside the courtroom

I threw our intrepid intern, Sam Todd, a fastball and, at the last minute, sent him over to cover Ricky/Ricardo Avila’s hearing at 1:30. He is outside of the courtroom and files this report from his Blackberry:

The courts just adjourned.  Ricardo is talking with 2 people in the hallway now.

The 24-hour rule is no longer in place–all things taken from the restaurant must be back in back and working by close of business on Sunday or Ricardo will be fined $500 a day. If Ricardo takes any length of time, the judge will take more extreme measures.

The plaintiffs lawyer asked where the books for the business are located. Ricardo said “at the accountants office.” The defendant’s (Ricardo) lawyer noted that without Ricardo on the property, the plaintiffs can not sell alcohol at the restaurant.

Judge Molberg said, “I’ll be damned if I see another small business closed by lawyer’s fees.” Then he asked to speak to the lawyers off the record in his chambers.

Woman with Ricardo, Suzanne, is on the phone  discussing sinks and drains. Ricky is talking about pvc, sinks, drains, and she’s relaying the information to another person. Probably a contractor.

Anita Avila outside of the courtroom.

UPDATE: Anita Avila Speaks:

Mother (Anita) is here and seems fine. She said, “I want to be in there like I was because I’m capable and I have a lot of help. It is frustrating, and I’ve never dealt with anything like this. It’s heartbreaking.” She also adds, “The restaurant has run smoothly for 20 years, but since [Peter] Tarantino came in, it’s been down. Peter wanted me out of there because he his not a nice person” Mrs. Avila also claims, “It (the restaurant) belongs to me, I never sold it to him (Ricardo).”

  • bluebird

    This is almost as good as blogging from the bathroom!

  • Scagnetti

    Ricky looks like Alice Cooper with glasses.

  • Gumshoe

    Just a thought, but maybe Sam Todd could talk to some of these people? Ask questions? He’s just an intern, but someday he has to grow into a big boy journalist.

  • Anthony Williams

    Nice way to encourage the youth, anonymous Gumshoe. Maybe only Anita would talk to him?

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  • curmudgeon

    reality TV series in the making?

  • whatever

    Is anyone else getting tired of hearing about this stupid drama? This has seriously gotten way too much press already…

  • Gumshoe

    Karen Robinson-Jacobs was also at the hearing and will have a story in tomorrow’s paper. Look and learn, Sam.

  • Frito Bandito

    Ricky Ricardo and his women started this blog maybe they think all this pub would help their new version of avilas. Looks like they may be wrong. Any pub is good pub. I won’t eat at any of his versions of avilas.

  • Nancy Nichols

    Gumshoe, back off of Sam. I threw him in a catfight with no warning. Ever remember your first big assignment? At least Sam used his real name.

  • Twinwillow

    Where’s Gordon Ramsey when you need him. I’d like to see him fix this “kitchen nightmare”.

  • cbs

    really enjoyed my drama free lunch at Mia’s.