Stage Restaurant, the beloved East Village diner, has set up a fundraising campaign to help cover lawyer fees as it fights an eviction notice from its landlord, Icon Realty.
We wrote about the eviction notice just a few weeks ago — Stage had vowed to fight to remain in its address. On the fundraising website, Andrew Diakun, the son of Stage’s longtime owner and proprietor, Roman Diakun, outlines in clear detail why Con Edison issued a stop-work order on the building, and details his grievances against Icon. “Stage Restaurant received an eviction notice from the landlord stating that Stage had to leave the premises by the end of April,” he writes. “The landlord’s reasoning behind the eviction relates to false and malicious claims that the Stage had been siphoning gas before its meter.”
The stop-work order placed on Stage occurred just three days after the East Village gas explosion, which decimated three buildings on Second Avenue, a few hundred yards from the diner.
Stage has held down its cubby in the East Village for 35 years. As of this article’s publishing, it has raised more than $1,200 of the $10,000 goal.
We’ve reached out to the Diakuns for more information on their plans; we’ll update this post if we hear back.