Well folks, there ain’t no other way to go about this.
When i opened Cu Ju over a year ago, I had no idea what the future would hold but i knew one thing for sure: I was working on a long term project with a long term vision! And i felt i did everything to ensure that it would be this way.
Unfortunately, we discounted the greed factor and Beijing’s notoriously bad landlords. Yup.. those bastards!
We had a five year lease with pre-set rent increase and felt reasonably secure about it. That is until the landlord showed up and decided it was not enough and she should get more even though she had already agreed to a contract.
Against my better judgement, i sat down with her and tried finding a compromise. Which we did! Only to have her call the next day and change her mind again!
Now, I don’t know about you folks, but i was raised to believe that contracts and agreements mean something. I also learned that if something happens once, it’s an accident. It happens twice, it can still be an accident. if it happens 3 times, now it becomes a pattern!
So, instead of being dragged into a pattern that i see way too often in old smoggy, I decided that i would no longer negotiate and enforce the contract which calls for a small penalty and 30 days notice to be given by the landlord if they want to break the contract. Said notice landed yesterday and we’re officially on the countdown to sailing away from Xiguan Hutong.
Now, this is Beijing and things change. We might still work something out… but the most likely scenario is that The Hutong Pirates will have a new home sooner than later.
In the meantime, join us over the next 30 days to have fun and bid goodbye to Xiguan Hutong.
If this is gonna go down, it will in rum drown!!