HAGERSTOWN --The owners of Bentley's Bagels on West Washington Street are looking for a new spot to move their business after serving the downtown lunch crowd for the past three years.
Eric Muritz, who owns Bentley's along with his girlfriend, Jordan Lessig, said a dispute with their landlord will force the couple to leave by July 31. The landlord, Mohammad Azadi, wants to raise the rent about $470 per month, or from about $13 per square foot to $19 per square foot, Muritz said.
"We don't want to leave because so much of our business is on Washington Street," Muritz said. "We really want to stay on West Washington Street so we can cater to the (Washington County Circuit) courthouse crowd."
Azadi's son, Ash, scheduled an interview with The Herald-Mail Tuesday, but canceled, citing a family emergency. The Azadis' company, UGO Property Management, sent a fax to respond.