WILKES-BARRE — An attorney for Del Balso Brothers Realty filed paperwork with the Luzerne County prothonotary seeking more than $1 million from the parent company of Gentleman’s Club 10 in Wilkes-Barre Township. The paperwork also seeks removal of the company for failure to pay 60 months rent.
Salvatore Scalzo, whose name is on the original lease filed with the paperwork Monday, and who said he is the current owner of the club after regaining control from some partners who ran it the last four years, said he had not seen the filing but that the numbers sounded much to high.
Scalzo said the adjoining restaurant does owe about five months rent but, as far as he knows, rent on the club is paid up.
“Whoever did the filing might have some papers crossed,” Scalzo said, adding he was trying to reach the landlord to learn more.
The papers were filed by Attorney Joseph John Mashinski for Del Balso against Jamme K, Inc., doing business as Gentleman’s Club 10. Attempts to reach Mashinski late Friday afternoon failed.
According to the papers, Jamme K signed a lease with Del Balso in 2004 for 205 Mundy St. The rent is $18,000 per month, which Scalzo said is correct.
The lease was renewed through March 2019, the court papers say.
But the papers say “default has occurred,” and as of July 1 this year, it was to the tune of 60 months rent on the lease.
The filing also notes the lease includes a right to collect 10 percent of the rent obligation in costs. All told, the paperwork seeks $1,227,600. The filing by Mashinski also seeks immediate ejectment of Jamme K from the property.
The club was roiled in controversy from the start, with court battles over permits to operate it. Scalzo contended the township failed to give him a hearing on his permits in the minimum time required by law and that he was thus entitled to them without a hearing, while the township had argued the application were incomplete.
The location of the club, close to the Wyoming Valley Mall, also drew protests from township residents.