Rent dispute at Albert’s leads to protest

Protesters gathered outside Albert’s Cafe Wednesday night following the shut down of the adjoining House of Blaze LGBT club.

The July 3 shut down came after a months-long feud between Albert’s owner Abert Buoncristiano and Blaze Walters, who owns the second-floor establishment, House of Blaze at the property on the 3100-block of Grant Avenue.

Walters told the Philadelphia Gay News Buoncristiano has been raising and charging extra for utilities, despite the February 2008 agreement of $2,000/month rent.

Buoncristiano has not commented, but Walters said if an agreement cannot be reached, he’ll consider moving his establishment.

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