There’s a guy out there called Basri Emini who would have you believe that he’s some sort of real estate mogul, and he wants you to buy into his vacation paradise for the low, low price of no less than $700, 000 US on up. But would you buy into a place where the CEO and developer has a history of unpaid debt, both corporate and personal, and flees the area when things get too out of hand? Yeah, me either. But some apparently already have, and others may be trying to take advantage of the low interest rates and special deals he may offer you, and to those we offer this information. All of this is public record and can be found if you look carefully, but as a service and as a convenience, we have presented this information for your review and consideration. If anyone’s copyrighted photograph has been used and you object to this site’s use of it, simply contact us and prove you are the owner of the image and we will remove it.
It seems at a young age, Basri was a wheeler-dealer as most 21 year olds do not own restaurants; clearly, the training of his youth is cooking. Here is a news report from March, 1997:
Man faces another bad check charge
Article from:Courier-News (Elgin, IL)
Article date:March 12, 1997
Copyright (c) 1997 Courier-News.
Elgin — A former restaurant owner has been arrested again on a charge of deceptive practice, police reported. Basri Emini, 21, of Streamwood, the former owner of the now closed Grand Cafe on Villa Street in Elgin, was being held in the Kane County Jail Tuesday in lieu of $10, 000 bail following his arrest earlier in the day on the charge.
The charge is in addition to two previous deceptive practice counts against Emini, all stemming from his allegedly writing bad checks to companies that sold items to or performed work at the restaurant, according to investigators.
In the latest charge, Emini is accused of writing a $900 check to ACT Electronics of Elgin in September while knowing there were insufficient funds available.
What strikes me immediately is “Another Bad Check Charge” — so this isn’t the first time nor will it be the last as we see later on. Other restaurants open and close in the Chicago area between 1996 & 2003, under various names and corporate entities; debts mounted and suppliers filed suits. Here’s the list of cases filed in Cook County alone:
Case Number Plaintiff Defendant Date Filed
2006-M1-151206 PALISADES COLLECT EMINI BASRI 07/11/2006
2006-M1-150727 NWS INC DOOMI INC 07/10/2006
2005-M2-001620 BARTUCCI LOUIS GIN EMINI BASRI 07/27/2005
2004-M2-002600 PAPAGEORGE PETER E EMINI BASRI 10/06/2004
1997-M1-001814 EDWARD DON CO EMINI BASRI AKA EM 08/11/1997
1997-M1-001267 RYKOFF SEXTON INC EMINI BASRI 06/03/1997
1997-M1-000292 REINHART INSTITUTI NORTHERN SPRINGS I 02/03/1997
1997-M3-000152 BUGAI JERRY EMINI BASRI 01/16/1997
1997-M1-000032 ADVANTAGE LEASING EMINI BASRI DBA 01/07/1997
1996-M3-004317 SCHARRINGTON SQUAR EMINI BASRI 11/26/1996
1996-M1-165491 CAMPAGNA TURANO BA GRAND CAFE INC 11/20/1996
1996-M1-002705 SYSCO CORP DBA EMINI BASRI DBA 11/14/1996
1996-M1-157321 SUPERIOR COFFEE FO EMINI BASRI 10/10/1996
1996-M3-003713 ILLINOIS FIRE EXTI EMINI BASRI 10/08/1996
1996-M1-002316 ALLIANT FOODSERVIC EMINI BASRI 10/02/1996
1996-M1-139058 HARRIS BK BARRINGT EMINI BASRI 07/10/1996
Some of these cases may have resulted in payment, but we are sure that there are more than one on the list have not been, and will not be paid. Before some of these lawsuits were even filed, Basri Emini had already skipped town and set up shop in downstate IL. Here is a news clipping from November, 2003:
El Paso chef revamps family dining concept
Article from:The Pantagraph Bloomington, IL
Article date:November 28, 2003
Author: KATHY MCKINNEY
Copyright 2003 The Pantagraph Bloomington, IL. Provided by ProQuest LLC.
New to El Paso, The Range restaurant is a combination of an old- fashioned family place with a dash of gourmet food.
Well, that’s what owner Basri Emini calls it. He also calls it a “unique fusion which will include quality food with homemade sauces, gravies and soups daily, along with first-class service.” It is located at 100 Delaney Drive, at the intersection of Interstate 30 and Illinois 24.
A resident of Chicago, Emini is spending his time in El Paso in The Range’s kitchen as head chef. He has been in the restaurant business all his life, and comes from a family of restaurateurs that includes his father, brothers and sisters.
The complaint has been investigated and resolved to the customer’s satisfaction.