Now Balls Hamburgers' Landlord Is Suing Them for $1 Million

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Earlier this week came news that Balls Hamburgers, the burger joint that presumably predates ball jokes, was suing its landlord for over $1 million for breach of contract. And now, to spice things up even more, the four entities that act as landlord of Balls' North Dallas restaurant have issued a countersuit for the eerily similar amount of $1 million.

The counter-suit claims that Balls owner Richard Hobrecht, who died in 2009, secretly transferred ownership of the restaurant to a group called Backbone Corporation, which is listed as a plaintiff in the initial lawsuit. It also alleges that Balls is currently occupying the landlord's property without a lease.

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The lease for Balls expired in April 2013, though current owner Carol Hobrecht claims it has an automatic extension to April 2018. The landlords counter that after April it switched to a monthly lease. It won't be until late 2014 that any of this actually arrives in court, but it should be interesting to see what shakes out in the end, and if the stakes get any higher.

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Balls Hamburgers

4343 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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Mark Wootton
Mark Wootton

What the heck is that sign from? Is it theirs?

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

Too many good burgers around to make Balls a choice now! Even in the same center - there are 6 or 7 better restaurants!

arecbarrwin
arecbarrwin

Yes, Balls is dead.  I take our kids there about once a month.  I will miss it.  I like the BYOB, so I can have a beer in peace and let the kids go wild on the video games.  I noticed the food quality started dropping about a year ago, and the number of patrons has dropped as well.

The landlord has to be salivating at the prospect of leasing out that space with a nice patio.

I'd be willing to bet Ball's defaulted on that lease and the landlord will prevail on a summary judgment.

BryanJ1964
BryanJ1964

THAT'S why the incredibly average food is so expensive.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

Their attorneys will be scoring some big litigation bucks for sure. It's going to be almost like watching the super bowl of lawsuits.

wynnedutch
wynnedutch

either way, it's a safe bet that this will be the end of Balls hamburgers.   it's a shame.  i sometimes get a nostalgic hankering for their little leaguers.  i grew up going to the Snyder Plaza locale, and now that we're in bluffview, i enjoy sharing a basket of them w/ my son.

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