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Paula's likely to get full control of building, menu

After exactly a dozen years, the battle between the owners of a well-known west-end restaurant and one of the country's biggest banks is nearing an end.

With a court order determining the fate of the building housing Paula's on Main soon to be issued, it is likely that within a few months Paula Phillips will have full control of the building as well as the meals served inside.

The complicated case pitted Phillips and her partners, Frank Casagrande and Tom Sokolik, against Wells Fargo Bank.

The case has been argued at the Indiana Court of Appeals three times and before the state's Supreme Court twice. The recent agreement hammered out with the bank came after the state's highest court upheld an appellate court ruling giving Phillips what amounts to a lien on the property.

The property will be sold at a sheriff's sale, which is exactly what Phillips and the investors want. It will allow her to buy the property outright, keeping not only her name above the door, but the company's name on the title.

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