Trials and Arbitration

Will pastrami survive food fight at Smoke BBQ Fort Lauderdale?

Will pastrami survive food fight at Smoke BBQ Fort Lauderdale?

While Smoke BBQ Fort Lauderdale was attracting big crowds after I raved about its smoked pastrami sandwich last month, co-owner Scott Kennedy was sleeping overnight in the restaurant because of a percolating business dispute that threatened to suddenly shutter the eatery.

The pastrami drama landed in a Broward courtroom this week, as Kennedy told a judge how he was awakened early on a Sunday morning and had to ward off a locksmith sent to change the locks by a feuding partner, Wijai "Song" Ketsuwan, who wanted Kennedy and co-owner Steve Chin out on Aug. 27.

"There's a panic that sets in," Kennedy said Wednesday in sworn testimony. "We're...

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