TYLER, TX (KLTV)- A Smith County judge ruled in favor of a Tyler Toys R Us in the dispute that has kept one East Texas restaurant from opening. Double D Ranch was set to open this month in place of the El Chico on the loop in Tyler.
But, the toy store that owns the property says the restaurant broke their lease.
This afternoon a judge granted the Toys R Us request to uphold the injunction that has kept Double D Ranch from opening its doors.
We were in the courtroom today when the decision was announced and for the first time, Double D Ranch's corporate office had something to say.
After two weeks of questioning... today we got an answer.
Consolidated Restaurants, the parent company of Double D Ranch and El Chico, can still operate a restaurant on property.. just not a Double D Ranch.
And after more than a month without comment that parent company had something to say.
"Well, we are extremely disappointed and respectfully disagree with the court's decision today. We do however eagerly await the opportunity to serve guests in Tyler in the near future," said Bill Watson a corporate representative of Consolidated Restaurants.
Bill Watson said he can't be specific with the plans for the location right now because they're still working some things out.
But he said he knows Tyler is the place they want to be.
"Tyler is a terrific city and we look forward to serving guests there in a very near future," Watson said.
While Double D staff and patrons wished for a different ruling, other Tyler citizens who have been following the case were pleased.
"I think it's pretty fair. I think the judge has done a fantastic job and she is just exactly what she should be and I'm just very proud of her and what she has done and the way she has handled everything," said Lydia Gipson who lives near the restaurant.
"I'm happy with the outcome, personally as a pastor and from my perspective, I think it does still raise the question of. There's no problem and there's no city ordinance that prohibits hooters or Double D or any business of that nature from opening in Tyler," said James Perryman, an East Texas Pastor.
And while the dispute is settled for now, the two sides will meet again in court for a civil trial, and a final verdict, in November.
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