A "Go Dark" provision typically allows the Tenant to close their doors but requires them to still pay rent. This allows the Tenant to lower their overall financial obligation (no employees, no utilities, etc.). The Tenant is still liable for the remaining rental payments and net charges for the duration of the lease. The Landlord will often have the right, but not the obligation, to recapture the premises and release to another tenant. Consult a real estate atty. for additional details, as always, the devil is in the details. Best of luck.
Jan 6, 2010