LEHI — UPDATE: Porter's Place is closing its does. Lehi City sent a letter dated January 17, 2017, to the owner, Bob Trepanier, issuing a 60-day notice of lease termination.
The restaurant is being dismantled and Trepanier says he plans to reopen his business in another city.
An excerpt from the letter was provided to KUTV from Trepanier and reads in part:
"Dear Mr. Trepanier,
After seriously and thoroughly considering the cost of the repairs necessary to bring the building to a condition that would allow Porter’s Place to resume operations, the City has decided to forego making the repairs and will instead issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) that includes the sale of the property. This letter will serve to fulfill the City’s requirement under Section 17.6 of the 2017-2018 Lease Agreement to provide at least 60 days’ notice of the termination of the lease upon the anticipated close of the sale of the property.
Mayor Johnson and the City Council regret that this decision will have an unfortunate impact upon you, your family, and your business. As stewards of the taxpayer’s money, however, and considering the fiduciary duty that is theirs, they found it necessary to make this difficult decision. The cost of the current repairs and the potential for more in the future due to the age of the building make the continued lease of the building financially unworkable.
The City recognizes the important space occupied by Porter’s Place in Lehi’s cultural history. The nostalgia and adoration that many of Lehi’s residents feel toward Porter’s Place cannot be overstated. Mayor Johnson and the City Council appreciate the long-standing relationship you have had with the City and are aware of the potential economic hardship that this may place on you.”
-Ryan V. Wood, Lehi City Attorney"
(KUTV) - A Lehi business may be closing its’ doors for good, after decades of dishing out good food.
Porter’s Place first opened in 1971 and has been going strong ever since.
But, the sewer pipes beneath the building need to be replaced.
The owner, Bob Trepanier, says the city’s plumber estimates that will cost about $30,000.
He says it’s up to the city to fix it – he just leases the building.
But the city has yet to make a decision on putting such a substantial amount of money into the repairs, as the building itself is over 100 years old.