While local workers and residents might be excited by the new eateries opening up inside Brookfield Place, the Financial District outpost of burger joint P.J. Clarke's is decidedly not. The restaurant has filed a $40 million dollar lawsuit against landlord Brookfield Properties for allegedly attempting to sabotage the eatery into closing. The lawsuit claims that Brookfield wanted to push out the bar in order to replace it with a more upscale, higher rent tenant to match the other eateries slated to open soon inside the space.

According to the lawsuit, the sidewalk sheds and barricades that Brookfield erected for its planned renovations blocked the restaurant's notable views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty, a popular draw for diners in the area. P.J. Clark's also claims that Brookfield has blocked access to the restaurant from the interior atrium, which had previously been an access point to the restaurant and other, now-shuttered eateries.

The restaurant says Brookfield allowed food trucks to park at the rear of the premises, which further leeched business; cut its phone lines; and didn't repair leaks, causing damage to the restaurant. According to the lawsuit, the alleged malfeasance was part of a scheme to bankrupt the business after the restaurant refused offers to either split their space in half or move to an "alternative, less desirable venue."

"This is another example of a greedy landlord trying to push a New York City institution out of business," P.J. Clarke’s spokesperson Hank Sheinkopf said in a statement. "We're not going to let them get away with it. It's not just about our rights as tenants. It's also about protecting a New York City icon and a wonderful part of the neighborhood." Revenues have plummeted 50 percent, according to the lawsuit; whether that's because of treacherous tactics or internal issues remains for a judge to decide.

The restaurant's owners are convinced Brookfield has plans to install a "higher-end tenant" should P.J. Clarke's go under and they believe Keith McNally's Pastis—which recently closed for renovations—is being eyed as their replacement.

A spokesperson for Brookfield Place said they "do not comment on pending litigation." The real estate company recently opened its large, upscale food court Hudson Eats nearby, with a crop of new restaurants arriving soon inside Brookfield Place.