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If the project is in Texas, you may have some legal remedies that could help.Have permits been applied for? If they terminate you, do they have someone waiting in the wings to take the work over? If they are intending to do it themselves with their own non-registered in-house people, let the TBAE staff know and their enforcement group will have some words.
If you're on record as architect of record, begin discussions with the local AHJ about no longer being AOR.Go ahead with whatever lien rights you have.And you do need to call people. Start with the property owners. They may have a tenant improvement allowance as part of the lease which is supposed to cover design work and construction costs. If the landlord "gave" the tenant something of value, and it's not being spend on the contractual purpose, that's getting into breach of contract territory.The original restaurant group's agreements should survive the takeover.Going forward, if you can include the landlords in your agreements somehow, you may have a better chance of recovery.