Owners of a Como Park café are planning to bring a new legal claim against the city of St. Paul.
Ramsey County Judge Lezlie Ott Marek has ruled that Black Bear Crossings, the café, can seek damages from the city, which refused to renew the café’s lease and did not prove it was “legally entitled” to do so. The judge declined to force the city to extend the lease, however, so the café will close at the end of 2014.
But, café owners said, the judge indicated the café was damaged by comments made by the city after Black Bear owners Pam and David Glass sued. As a result, the Glass family plans to sue the city for defamation.
St. Paul City Attorney Sara Grewing did not comment on the defamation claim, but she said the city will oppose damages claims in this case.