Future of three local businesses up in the air

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Updated: 8/30/2013 12:20 am
Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Three businesses may be moving away from a prime spot on the river in downtown Reno.

The owners of Java Jungle, Jungle Vino and the Sierra Tap House were recently given eviction notices. According to the Matt Polley, owner of Java Jungle and Jungle Vino, new lease terms could not be worked out with the owner of the building on the 200 block of First Street.

As Matt Polley prepares for his next step, those who frequented the establishments are speaking out.

"He sold coffee, but he also helped people develop their dreams," said Oliver X.

Twenty-three years in the making, Java Jungle has become a part of Reno's culture. A culture that brought out dozens of supporters who don't want to say goodbye.

"It's a sad day not only for myself and my employees, but really for everybody that's ever been to Java Jungle," said Matt Polley.

From open mic night, live music showcases and open art shows many say Java Jungle is where they got their start.

A well known name in Reno, Whitney Meyer, who appeared on NBC's The Voice, used to play at Java Jungle when she was just starting out. Now, customers and employees are hoping for the best.

"Rumor has it the building has been sold. We were unable to come to terms with Dr. Iliescu. We hope we have the opportunity to come to terms with another landlord," said Polley.

The current landlord, John Iliescu would not comment on the situation. Orgininally the tenants had to be out by September 30, 2013, after being given eviction notices, but now that is all up in the air as rumors spread about a new landlord.

News 4 will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest as new details become available. 
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jvlreno - 8/30/2013 8:50 PM
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New facelift coming with new owners and more upscale tenants. Long overdue!

Speed - 8/30/2013 6:22 PM
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I have to wonder if owner if the property could make it part of the sale contract that the buyer has to keep these businesses intact,or maybe the owners of these businesses could be offered a chance to buy into the actual building;maybe as part owners they'd be able to continue to flourish.

Old Parnell - 8/30/2013 8:04 AM
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I just wish the good doctor had stuck to what he was truly gifted at - plastic surgery, and not property management. Hopefully someone else can come in and give this property a well needed facelift....
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