Clash between Station House, manager gets ugly over termination, theft

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When Station House fired Alex Gilmour, it allegedly failed to hold up its end of a contract between the two parties.

Restaurateur Alexander Hutton “Alex” Gilmour IV, 42, is best known for The DrYnk Soho nightclub in Tampa. As the former manager of Station House, Gilmour is now suing the downtown St. Petersburg eatery for breach of contract and civil theft. In the suit, he demands payment for unpaid salary and management fees.

On July 11, 2014, Station House SP LLC entered a Management Agreement with Gilmour.

When the agreement was signed, Gilmour and Ro Patel were listed as co-owners of Hospitality Engineers LLC, which would provide services to Station House.

The terms of the agreement were from July 11, 2014, to July 11, 2016.

In June 2015, Patel left the company, leaving Gilmour to manage the restaurant alone. However, Station House and Gilmour agreed to follow through on the original agreement.

About three months later, Station House ceased paying management fees in September 2015, which were to be paid to Gilmour under the terms of the contract.

When Gilmour notified the company that fees were due, the suit claims no action was taken to repay.

On Dec. 21, 2015, Station House informed Gilmour he would no longer be retained as the restaurant’s general manager. Salary payments were then stopped.

After his termination, Station House held Gilmour’s personal property — a projector and toolbox filled with tools. According to email correspondence between the two parties, the items would be returned in exchange for the return of personal emails and intellectual property of the restaurant.

In March, Gilmour and his attorneys submitted a written demand for the return of assets along with threefold payment — referred in the suit to as treble damages — for the items.

The restaurant responded to the request by offering to return the property but refusing to pay treble damages.

In an email sent Jan. 6, 2016, by Steve “Flip” Gianfilippo, Station House’s developer, says Gilmour was terminated for alcohol consumption issues, failing to disclose information on his business relationship with employees, and creating businesses based on Station House’s brand while under contract with the restaurant. Gilmour’s lawyer calls these claims are defamatory.

Station House is at 260 1st Ave. S in St. Petersburg.