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KAHUNAVILLE IN GALLERIA CLOSES
NAME OF NEW OWNER STILL NOT REVEALED

Kahunaville officials say its restaurant in the Walden Galleria has a new owner, but the tropical-themed eatery has closed its doors.

The company is not revealing the identity of the buyer, but said the same buyer bought the Kahunaville restaurants in Syracuse and Grandville, Mich. The Syracuse restaurant has also closed, but the Michigan one remains open. Both closed restaurants are in malls owned by Pyramid Cos. of Syracuse. The Michigan restaurant is in a mall owned by General Growth Properties.

Mark Green, president and chief operating officer of Kahunaville, said the company sold the restaurants Monday and the buyers are waiting to finalize agreements with the landlords.

"Our obligation to the landlord is over," Green said. "They are now paying the rent for the space."

James L. Soos, manager of the Walden Galleria, said he could not comment because of legal issues.

Green said the new owners may change the name of some or all three restaurants.

The new owners have not applied to transfer Kahunaville's liquor license nor have they applied for a new license, said J. Mark Anderson, spokesman for the state Liquor Authority. The holder of the Buffalo liquor license did apply for a liquidation permit, which would allow the restaurant to sell its liquor back to the wholesalers from which it was purchased.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission has also not received an application for a new license or to transfer the existing license.

In New York, transfering a license can take weeks. Getting a new license can take months.

e-mail: lhaarlander@buffnews.com

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