Judge Rules on Chinese Cultural Center


Judge Rules on Chinese Cultural Center

For immediate release: 
December 1, 2017

The owner of the Szechwan Palace Restaurant to appeal Judge Randall Warner’s decision to lift the Temporary Restraining Order protecting the iconic roof, garden and Chinese elements of the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center.  

“We are preparing a Motion to Reconsider for Judge Randall and a Special Action Appeal to the Arizona Appellate Court,” says the restaurant Attorney Jack Wilenchik.  “We believe the court got it wrong by ruling that 668 North is not interfering with my clients business by driving away customers and causing it to lose money,” said Wilenchik.

The Szechwan Palace Restaurant was awarded a Temporary Restraining Order on Wednesday, September 28, 2017, preventing 668 from replacing the iconic Chinese roof tiles, relocating the Prayer Garden or from making any other changes to the exterior of the buildings.  The judges Order today calls for those restrictions to be lifted as of 5:00 PM, December 11, 2017 unless the Arizona Appeals Court elects to stay the ruling.

“The battle to save the Chinese Cultural Center continues,” says Thomas Simon Spokesman for the restaurant.  “The people who love culture and history understand that wars are won by perseverance...we will not give up,” he said.

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