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Pearl Ultralounge closed for good

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 03:10 p.m. HST, Dec 04, 2013

Pearl Ultralounge at Ala Moana Center will not reopen, due to what owner Mike Norton described as years of water damage and mold intrusion caused by leaks in an upstairs tenant's space.

The club closed July 31 and filed a lawsuit against Romano's Macaroni Grill in August.

"While these legal issues are ongoing, the rent, the payroll, the monthly expenses and other costs have not been being paid and the water damage and mold remediation has not begun due to the high cost to do so," Norton posted on Facebook. "Because of this, the landlord has decided to take back the space."

"It is with heavy heart and utter disappointment in the system that I write to you to inform you that Pearl will not be reopening," he said.

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CriticalReader wrote:
OH NO!! Now there's going to be no door to glance curiously into when I go upstairs to eat. Years ago, the first time I checked it out, there was a sign saying "not shorts or slippers", or something to that effect. Based on that, all invites to meet there were declined, suggestions to go there re-directed, and events held there unattended.
on December 4,2013 | 09:08AM
GoodToGo wrote:
on December 4,2013 | 09:39AM
XML808 wrote:
I guess youngsters will have to find a new place to go to flaunt their money.
on December 4,2013 | 09:58AM
primo1 wrote:
You mean mommy and daddy's money.
on December 4,2013 | 10:29AM
Fred01 wrote:
Jealous poor little man.
on December 4,2013 | 11:51AM
eros_et_logia wrote:
Pearl was not exactly for "youngsters". I choose to spend mommy and daddy's money elsewhere.
on December 4,2013 | 12:07PM
XML808 wrote:
Busted, I guess I'm showing my age. Well, my kids go there and I scratch my head. Of course, they can spend their money however way they choose. I'm just not going to front them money for tuition when they have their own kids LOL. I'll tell them go ask Grandma Pearl.
on December 4,2013 | 02:00PM
AlohaPaula wrote:
Pearl diving.
on December 4,2013 | 10:12AM
retire wrote:
Ate oysters there once, bad mistake.
on December 4,2013 | 12:42PM
false wrote:
Why? No pearl inside? No guarantee there would be one, no?
on December 4,2013 | 03:13PM
inverse wrote:
Montezuma's revenge?
on December 5,2013 | 04:41AM
ejkorvette wrote:
Yeah. Now grand opening of the new Pearl Ultralounge. Stay tuned. I go open em.
on December 4,2013 | 01:42PM
false wrote:
Korea- moku street - under new management - smoke beef - satellite TV - alright!!!!!
on December 4,2013 | 03:07PM
geo333 wrote:
What about all the hoochi mommas? Where are they going to go . . . .
on December 4,2013 | 02:17PM
steveshawaii27 wrote:
Where else but Ho chi minh square
on December 4,2013 | 03:50PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Homeless shoyu bunnies. Sad.
on December 4,2013 | 03:52PM
syhud wrote:
wea all da stuck up shirleys going now!
on December 4,2013 | 05:01PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
sounds like he's making excuses for his business failing. it's the landlord or the neighbors fault .. right?
on December 4,2013 | 07:41PM
inverse wrote:
You would think if there is water damage from the business above the landlord of Ala Mo Center, General Growth Properties, would be responsible to completely repair the leak and repair any damage to the nightclub from another tenant in their building structure. You are right there is a whole lot of information missing from this story. Were tests for higher levels of mold and other stuff performed and it they were did it show higher levels than normal? Has GGP outright refused to pay for any repairs due to the alleged water damage from the restaurant above or did they just fix the leak itself and fixed only cosmetic damage done by water leakage, but that was not satisfactory to the night club owner? Did the bar owner want a much more thorough and expensive cleaning and repair of his nightclub? Everyone knows GGP is extremely business savy, sounds like whoever is at fault, GGP has covered their bee hind on this matter and are confident if they are sued by the bar owner, they bar owner will lose, especially since they are the deep pocket and the owner is already cash strapped and might not be able to find a really good lawyer on contigency. Or the best lawyers in Hawaii itching to sue GGP have already reviewed the case and come to the conclusion the bar owner will most likely fail in his lawsuit due to an iron clad rental agreement he signed with GGP.
on December 5,2013 | 05:00AM
inverse wrote:
PS correction: Missed the part the bar owner filed a lawsuit against Romano's. The more relevant question is how come the landowner and property manager, GGP have clean hands in all of this and are not party to the lawsuit by the bar owner?
on December 5,2013 | 05:06AM
inverse wrote:
PS2: So frustrating, from another article NOT from the S A., the bar owner alleges "...Romano’s Macaroni Grill caused more than $1 million in damages to Pearl and resulted in the presence of stachybotrys, also known as “toxic black mold.”...Appears the mold is REAL. Sad that the landowner and property manager GGP can so easily wash their hands on this matter when they have the deep pockets to help resolve the issue on way or another. When GGP reclaims the space in Ala Mo, they have to spend whatever money it takes to remove the mold anyway before they can rent the space out to another tenant.
on December 5,2013 | 05:15AM
awahana wrote:
Never been.
And been to Macaroni once. That's plenty.
on December 4,2013 | 08:53PM
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