Trenton Mayor Kyle Stack said her patience with the owners of Legends 1926 Bar and Grill is running thin after the restaurant has fallen behind more than $35,000 in rent and concessions.
The issue was brought before Trenton City Council at a regularly scheduled meeting Monday night when Councilman Bill LeFever expressed concerns over the lack of payment.
In December 2011, the restaurant group that owns Legends agreed to pay $3,500 per month to lease the second floor of the Kennedy Recreation Center, as well as additional payments to cover proposed lost concession revenue for the city.
Kennedy Restaurant Group LLC has an outstanding debt with the City of Trenton of $35,078 dating back to May, according to City Administrator Jim Wagner.
Wagner said he sent a default notice to the restaurant group on May 23 and a second notice last week requesting payment, but had not received payment as of late Monday night.
"There were concerns on our part of their ability to pay the indebtedness," Wagner said.
Wagner told council members the restaurant group promised an agreement to resolve the issue Monday, but no agreement was received by either Wagner or city attorney Wallace Long.
"I told them that time is of the essence to resolve this issue forthwith," Wagner said.
If payment is not received, Wagner said city officials will begin legal proceedings as per the terms of the contract between the restaurant group and the City of Trenton. He added there will be a final determination regarding the issue by the next council meeting.
LeFever said, though the food is good and he wants the restaurant to succeed, he wants the city to be compensated fairly.
The next Trenton City Council meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. August 20 at Trenton City Hall.