Restaurant broker sues Harbor Inn Pier 5

Maryland Watch

July 15, 1998

A Washington restaurant broker is suing Harbor Inn Pier 5, claiming that he never received an agreed-upon commission for bringing McCormick & Schmick's to the waterfront hotel.

In a lawsuit in Baltimore Circuit Court, EDH Associates says it is owed $127,005 by the 71-room Inner Harbor hotel that is part of the troubled empire of Psychic Friends Network founder Michael W. Lasky.

The broker's calculation is based on a 4 percent commission on the base rental of $2.58 million for the first 10 years of the seafood chain's lease and 1.5 percent of $1.59 million for the next five years, according to the suit.

"They refuse to make any payment whatsoever. They won't even take phone calls," said E. David Harrision, the head of EDH, who is no relation to the Harrison family that originally owned the hotel. Efforts to reach Robert Schulman, an attorney for the inn, were unsuccessful.

Lasky, whose Inphomation Communications Inc. has filed for bankruptcy, is the inn's managing partner.

A Baltimore circuit judge has given Lasky's partner, Otis Warren, until Tuesday to buy the hotel or allow Lasky to sell it to developer John Paterakis Sr.

Pub Date: 7/15/98

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