Island businessman sues inn’s owners
By LESLIE BROWN
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Editor
April 4, 2012 · Updated 11:14 AM
Armen Yousoufian, a well-known Islander and owner of the property that housed the Quartermaster Inn, has filed a lawsuit against the couple who leased the structure and ran a business there for the last three years.
According to his complaint, filed March 15 in King County Superior Court, Troy Kindred and Marie Browne don’t have a right to the inn’s name, telephone number or website. He also said the couple has given false information to prospective tenants.
Reached Monday, Yousoufian declined to elaborate but said the lawsuit raises “a number of issues.”
“It’s unfortunate it got to the point that I had to file a lawsuit. ... I certainly hope it’s not going to be the beginning of a 15-year saga,” he added, a reference to his lawsuit against King County for public documents, a case that garnered attention and went to the state Supreme Court three times.
Browne said she and Kindred relinquished the phone number to Yousoufian but not the name of their business or its website — parts of their business that she says they developed on their own. Before their tenancy, the business was called the Back Bay Inn.
“We’re not letting go of the name. We have some other irons in the fire that we might pursue,” she said. “We branded it ... and developed a lot of goodwill.
“He makes it sound as though there are a bunch of things that we have done wrong,” she added. “And we vehemently disagree about that.”
Contact Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Editor Leslie Brown at email@example.com or 1-206-463-9195.