Joint custody agreed to in Besaw’s name battle

Both the landlord and the restaurateur will get to use the name Besaw's

Besaw's in NW Portland will close on May 29 2015 (Facebook)
Besaw's in NW Portland will close on May 29 2015 (Facebook)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Both the landlord and the restaurateur will get to use the name Besaw’s, settling a legal dispute that began earlier this year over the iconic dining spot in Portland’s Slabtown.

For 112 years, Besaw’s was a Portland institution at NW 23rd and Savier Street. Besaw’s closed May 29 after restaurant owner Cana Flug said the property owners refused to renew their lease. Property owners at C.E. John said the two sides couldn’t agree on rental terms.

But the site is going to be redeveloped, and initial plans were to call the new, redeveloped restaurant Besaw’s.

Cana Flug has owned Besaw's at NW 23rd and Savier Street in Portland since 2005. The restaurant will close and move due to development at the end of May 2015 (KOIN)
Cana Flug has owned Besaw’s at NW 23rd and Savier Street in Portland since 2005. The restaurant will close and move due to development at the end of May 2015 (KOIN)

But Flug, who has owned and operated it since 2005, and her staff plan to reopen soon in the same neighborhood.

The company that owns the restaurant, Tuatara Enterprises Inc., filed a lawsuit against C.E. John Properites over the ownership of the name.

In a statement Tuesday, both C.E. John and Tuatara Enterprises announced they had reached an amicable agreement over the name.

The restaurant — once it reopens in a new spot in late summer — can be called Besaw’s, and paid an undisclosed amount to C.E. John.

C.E. John, meanwhile, can use the name Besaw’s for their new building and any new developments in that building.

In a statement, both Flug and C.E. John officials said, “With our agreement, the neighborhood community wins. The Besaw’s Building will get needed improvements including another restaurant to serve the Northwest neighborhood, and the Besaw’s restaurant can live on in a new location.”

C.E. John said they would donate any settlement money to several area nonprofits.

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