A riverfront restaurant that closed abruptly in January has been listed for sublease or sale.
Rick's Café Boatyard, which sits on city-owned land on Riverfront Drive, is listed by the Lerner Co. for $2.75 million.
The restaurant had struggled in recent years.
Owner Rick Albrecht failed to pay rent on the property in late 2012 and still owes more than $35,000 in property taxes for 2011. At the time of the restaurant's closure, city officials said they would work with Albrecht or seek a new tenant.
City Attorney Paul Kratz said the news that the property had been listed for sale came as a surprise. He said that the city is working with several potential tenants who might take over the property and that those efforts would continue.
Albrecht, who also runs a restaurant in Indiana, had a 30-year agreement to lease the property from the City of Omaha. It's unclear whether he has the authority to lease or sell it.
Under the lease conditions, if the lease was terminated, the city would take over the restaurant. The city could end the deal for a variety of reasons, including if the tenant failed to make payments, declared bankruptcy or abandoned the property.
Albrecht could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The Douglas County Assessor's Office valued the 1.3-acre site at $1.68 million last year.
World-Herald Staff Writer Juan Perez Jr. contributed to this report.
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