Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

World of Beer Sues to Close JDub's Dub Shack

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

World of Beer Sues to Close JDub's Dub Shack

Article excerpt

BREWING TROUBLE

MANATEE COUNTY -- A Tampa-based tavern chain is suing a local beer bar that left the franchise and rebranded.

World of Beer Franchising filed a lawsuit Jan. 27 in Hillsborough County, asking the court for an injunction to shut down JDub's Dub Shack at UTC, 8217 Tourist Center Drive, which closed as a World of Beer tavern last month before reopening under the JDub's name.

News of the lawsuit was first reported by SaintPetersBlog.

The suit names SRQBeer LLC, the entity that owned the local World of Beer franchise and now runs the Dub Shack, along with SRQBeer principals Dean Lambert and Mark Broderick. Sarasota brewery JDub's

Brewing Co. is also named as a defendant.

World of Beer claims SRQBeer violated several terms of its franchise agreement by not giving World of Beer the right of first refusal to purchase the University Park bar before terminating the franchise agreement, operating a competitive business after termination and hiring World of Beer employees. …

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