Just How Much Money Do Bernadine's and Hunky Dory Owe?

Bernadine's is still open for business
Bernadine's is still open for business Photo by Chuck Cook Photography

Documents filed Tuesday morning in the bankruptcy proceedings for popular Heights restaurants Hunky Dory and Bernadine's offer a detailed look into claims filed by government agencies, vendors, lenders and investors.

In addition to roughly $702,000 in outstanding federal taxes, the restaurants' controlling entity, Mothership Ventures, lists a $400,000 loan from Ben and Nan Mason of Charlotte, Vermont. (It's unclear if the Masons are any relation to Benjy Mason, director of restaurant operations for the restaurants' management company, Treadsack.)

Small business financer First Vision Financial has listed a $200,000 claim, and Integrity Bank, which controls Mothership's cash flow during the bankruptcy proceedings, has placed a $1.73 million claim. In a separate filing, the company's landlord, Victory Lupe, alleged that Mothership owes $96,100 in back rent and other expenses, and has failed to comply with the payment plan approved by the judge.

The company also owes $65,000 to the State Comptroller, $23,850 for janitorial services, and smaller chunks of change to local vendors like Airline Seafood, Admiral Linen, Argus Coffee Roasting, Amaya Coffee Roasting, Auto-Chlor, Blue Horizon Seafood, Fat Cat Creamery, Houston Botanical Services, Chef's Produce and others. Vendors outside Houston have also placed claims — Inland Seafood in Atlanta is owed $6,138.

Mothership also received a $245,000 loan from sister company Down House Ventures, the namesake of Treadsack's flagship restaurant, which is also in bankruptcy.

The company's owners, Chris Cusack and Joey Treadway, are also dealing with an investor lawsuit filed in March.
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