MVSB files lawsuit against Pie in the Sky

The popular Woods Hole bakery and Island ferry-goer pit stop, Pie in the Sky, is the subject of a lawsuit filed by Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank in Dukes County Superior Court in Edgartown.

Pie in the Sky is located next to a branch of the bank. The two businesses share a narrow alley.

The lawsuit seeks to prevent Pie in the Sky customers from parking in the bank’s parking lot on Railroad Avenue, allow the bank to use the alley to replace its windows and reshingle the building, and requests the bakery remove trash receptacles, and stop conducting business on bank property. Currently, Pie in the Sky receives and ships deliveries from its back door on Railroad Avenue, in the bank parking lot.

The suit also seeks payment for monetary damages and attorney’s fees.

The dispute between the bank and the bakery began in the fall when the bank wanted to reshingle their building and replace windows in the alley between the businesses.

Pie in the Sky owner Eric T. Gura asked that the work wait until October, when he will also be renovating. “I said, I’m hopefully going to renovate in October, why don’t you wait and we can do the renovations together?” said Mr. Gura in a phone conversation with the Times Friday.

He added that during previous renovations by the bank several months ago caused debris to fall onto bakery customers.

In a telephone call Monday, Bank executive vice president and chief operating officer Richard J. Leonard said that through an injunction, a judge allowed the bank to complete the renovations.

The second part of the lawsuit, use of the parking lot, is still outstanding.

“We have renewed discussions and hope to resolve this as soon as possible,” he said.