Gateway owners move to evict former SLC mayoral candidate’s bar

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The owner of a cider bar in the Gateway is being evicted after failing to pay rent, among other violations of the lease, according to a new complaint filed in the Third Judicial Court of Salt Lake County.

The bar, Weathered Waves, formerly known by the brand of ciders it sells, Six Sailor, gained local notoriety and international press in early March for its “No Zionists” policy. The bar’s owner, Michael Patton, aka Michael Valentine, was arrested by both the Salt Lake City and University of Utah police during the first week of May. He also unsuccessfully ran for Salt Lake City mayor last year.

Vestar Gateway LLC‘s complaint seeks to evict the bar and collect back rent, fees, and court costs. Vestar says Patton owes $2,695.93. That’s two month’s rent plus interest and attorney’s fees.

Vestar also said it’s looking to evict Patton because of various alleged breaches of contract.

Vestar said that the parties’ lease, signed in July 2022, requires certain performance standards and limitations. It requires the business to be open during specified hours and use property “solely for…selling cider and cider themed desserts and coffee.”

Weathered Waves bar at 158 S Rio Grande Unit A in the Gateway. Photo by Mike Christensen.

Weathered Waves received a bar license from the Department of Alcohol Services at the end of February, which allows the sale of beer, wine, and spirits. Valentine told us he has been serving beer “for over a year with an off-premises license.” 

The complaint further says that Six Sailor/Weathered Waves has also not been open during the hours specified in the lease.

In addition, Vestar claims the lease requires management’s permission before the tenant can change the business’ name or its signage. The complaint alleges both were done by Valentine without Vestar’s signoff.

Valentine responds

Valentine told us, “We have received no [eviction] papers and our rent is fully paid.”

Vestar also said it sent a three-day notice to pay or vacate on May 7.

In its court filing, Vestar asks the court to order Valentine to pay the $2,695.93 and direct him to vacate the space. “Tenants have failed to comply with the Pay Notice or the Breach Notice…and are in unlawful detainer of the Property,” Vestar’s attorneys wrote in the complaint.

Valentine provided a lease addendum from April 2024, which he says he refused to sign. The addendum includes changes to allow the serving of beer and expanded food menu items, as well as assenting to the bar’s name change from Six Sailor to Weathered Waves.

It also includes a non-disparagement agreement, a “Refrain from Social Media Posts.” Valentine maintains numerous social media handles and frequently lashes out at political targets. 

The proposed text states, “Tenant agrees and covenants that the Tenant will not at any time make, publish, or communicate, directly or indirectly, to any person or entity or in any public forum any defamatory or disparaging remarks, comments, or statements concerning or relating to the Premises, the Landlord, the Shopping Center, the Landlord’s businesses, or any employees, officers, and existing and prospective customers, suppliers, investors and other third parties associated with the Premises or the Landlord.” 

The proposed addendum stipulates confidentiality – “under no circumstances shall tenant disclose the terms of this agreement to any other tenant or occupant of the project or a prospective tenant of the project.”

A wide-reaching Waiver of Claims is included as well, one that Valentine ridiculed. “Vestar is holding our menu hostage in order to force us to give up our rights of free speech and any past or future right of litigation.”  

Valentine asserts “They have long had a personal vendetta against us and have repeatedly violated the lease over and over again in our direction, failing to market our business like the other tenants, singling us out through constant harassment and retaliation because I fight back against their predatory landlord behavior.

“There’s a lot more to this story, not about an eviction but about the targeted harassment of a tenant by a landlord,” he told us. “My attorneys are working on a countersuit right now.”

We contacted several representatives from Vestar for comment but did not receive responses.

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Posted by Luke Garrott

Luke Garrott, PhD, has published in The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, and written features for the Salt Lake City Weekly City Guide and The West View. A former two-term councilman in Salt Lake City's District 4, he lives in Downtown Salt Lake City and grew up in the Chicago area.