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Judge to make Double D Ranch ruling Wednesday

TYLER, TX (KLTV)- The hearings are over in the case of Toys 'R Us vs. Double D Ranch Bar and Grill. Now the judge says she'll wait until Wednesday to make a ruling.

The restaurant and the toy store have been fighting for weeks, over whether or not Toys 'R Us gave Double D Ranch permission to remodel the restaurant.

"This is a commercial dispute over a lease between a real estate holding company and a restaurant holding company. It's a simple as that," said Double D Ranch's attorney Shannon Davis to the court.

But what attorneys are calling simple has taken weeks testimonies and hearings to decide who is in the wrong.

Toys R Us said Double D Ranch violated the lease when they remodeled the restaurant without permission.

"We had verbal consent, the conduct of the parties led us to believe that verbal consent was sufficient to begin with the alterations," said Davis.

Toys 'R Us denies ever granting that consent.

And now they want the judge to grant an injunction to keep Double D Ranch from opening.
They said Double D Ranch submitted vague property plans in hopes Toys 'R Us wouldn't realize El Chico was becoming a sexually suggestive sports bar.

"We're not trying to violate that lease by putting in a sexually oriented business. That's not our intent, that's not our purpose at all with this restaurant, your honor," said Davis.

"What they did was submit sanitized plans to toys r us and move full steam ahead to try to get this building done as quickly as they could," said Melissa Kingston, an attorney for Toys R Us.

"We did put on the edge of the plans "remodel/re-concept", we did put the DD logo on the back page," said Davis.

And while the courtroom weeds through the legality..
For most East Texans, the real issue is morality.

"I want to raise my family here. When I heard about this restaurant coming here I didn't think it'd be very family friendly and I don't think it's morally right," said Laura Perryman.

Laura sat through three days of hearings because she said she is very interested in the outcome.

"We as a community we need to think about what we want in our community," said James Perryman, an East Texas pastor.

Judge Kennedy said she'll announce her ruling in open court on Wednesday.

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