Kennedy Restaurant Owes City Over $35,000 in Rent, Concessions

Trenton City Administrator Jim Wagner said legal proceedings could begin by the next city council meeting if the restaurant group that owns Legends 1926 Bar and Grill doesn't resolve the issue.

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 , 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.

brian pelletier August 08, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Let the hockey season start first before you close it so they can have a chance to make money, it's in a hockey rink and it's still summer. If the city wanted to save money they would close the third rink down. When I was growing up we had more teams playing on one sheet of ice compared to the ice that sits for hours at a time without being used today.
Nick Abrahamson August 08, 2012 at 05:54 AM
@ Brian Pelletier- They do close the main (largest) rink down. It's being used for off ice training by Downriver hockey academy. (That is awesome, my kid attends!) It's also the nicest arena in the downriver area. I think that they should be allowed to get into "hockey season" and see if they turned it around- IF they responded to city council in a timely manner with a proposal/letter of intent to correct the problem.
cscharlt August 08, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Brian - your comment makes me recall being a kid and just being able to go play hockey for hours at the corner of Anderson or at McLouth & Harrison. Unfortunately the city can't be bothered to pump a little taxpayer water into these areas any more... of course it'd take revenue away from the rinks they own. As for this story in general, I'm not sure I like the idea of putting a bar/grill in the rink. It doesn't seem like the appropriate atmosphere to be mixing the alcohol + bar crowd and a family arena. It is also probably not the best business model to put in a business that heavily relies on partial yearly revenue from the hockey season. Don't they realize that most people attending games are high school kids and parents already short on money from hockey equipment and league dues? What sort of crowd do they think will generate this revenue from food and alcohol?
Pam Mace August 08, 2012 at 09:12 PM
My family loves going to Legends, it is definaitly kid friendly. They have great food, we dine in during hockey season and get carry out during the summer. We went on a friday night and the kids got to sing karaoke, it was lots of fun.
unknown2most August 10, 2012 at 01:52 PM
In the beginning they said that they are going to make this great financial impact and help to turn around the facility now they owe as much as they said they would contribute.


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