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Daryl Hall Files Lawsuit against Small NY Town Because of Fight over Restaurant
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8 Apr 2017 02:02 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Daryl Hall (Image Source: Matthew Becker via Wikimedia Commons)

Daryl Hall knows what he wants for his business, and that's to be able to expand his restaurant to add an amphitheater.

But residents of Pawling, New York, aren't too sure that's what they want for their small town, that kind of disruption. Because of their ongoing battle, Hall has filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the small town.

Hall is half of the infamous rock/soul duo Hall and Oates that had the majority of their hits in the '70s and '80s. They're behind such songs as "Sara Smile," "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," and "Maneater." They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. Last year they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the 70-year-old mostly works on solo projects now and lives in Millerton, New York. He hosts an online webcast, Live from Daryl's House, that at one time originated from his home, but now originates from the Pawling restaurant, named not so surprisingly Daryl's House. Joe Walsh, Rob Thomas, Darius Rucker, Cheap Trick, and Aaron Neville, among others, have performed on the webcast.

His lawyers are asking for $3.2 million in compensation. They believe Pawling illegally prevented his plans to expand the restaurant to include an outdoor amphitheater. They did that wanting to keep the capacity at the club at a lower number.

But the musician says he'll be forced to close Daryl's House if he's not allowed to add the amphitheater. The residents of Pawling say his plans threaten to disrupt their small corner of the world.

"Daryl's new to the area – in fact, he doesn't even live here – and this isn't somewhere that needs disputes like this," said one resident. "People are upset that now the town – which is already struggling with high taxes – has to hire a lawyer to fight this case." The resident added, "We don't want this to become the Hamptons or Celebrityville."

"There's not anyone I know in Dutchess County who is not incredibly proud and respectful that [the] venue is in Pawling," said Kenneth Stenger, town special counsel, adding that the town wants to try to work this out with Hall.

He also said the town is confused by the claim that they are trying to hold up Hall's plans, as they were not even aware he had applied to open the outdoor venue.

"If they ever did file an application, I'd be the first one at the town-hall door to accept it," Stenger said.

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