The owner of Max’s Best Homemade Ice Cream (2416 Wisconsin Ave.) received notice this week that his lease would end on June 30. “The owners have requested that I inform you that they will not renew and/or extend your lease,” wrote property manager Raymond R. Ruppert, Jr. to Mahmood “Max” Keshani on May 3. “They expect you to have vacated the premises 2416 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. on or before June 30, 2013.”
According to a post on the Glover Park Yahoo newsgroup, Max had earlier received word that his rent would rise by 33% with the renewal of his five-year lease. “Max asked for a lease to that effect so they could begin negotiations,” the listserv member reported. “Instead he received the termination letter – no lease, no negotiation.”
According to the listserv member, Keshani speculated to her that his lease was ending so that next-door neighbor Rocklands Barbecue (2418 Wisconsin Ave.) could take over the space. “He wants Glover Park to know that he is not leaving because he wants to or because he is throwing in the towel,” the member continued. “He wants to fight for his business but does not know how – or whether this is even possible.”
Other listserv members vowed to take up the fight, suggesting a boycott of any new tenant. Neither Rocklands nor the building’s owner have responded to requests for comment.
UPDATE: Locals have created a Facebook page in support of Max’s.