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Trenton Officials Seeking New Agreement With Legends 1926 Bar & Grill

Despite paying over $40,000 to the City of Trenton since entering into a contract with the city, the restaurant at Kennedy Recreation Center still owes the city more than $50,000.

Trenton officials have begun seeking a new agreement with the owners of Legends 1926 Bar and Grill, which could give officials the legal right to automatically vacate the premises immediately upon violation of the agreement.

City Administrator Jim Wagner said the new agreement could contain language that would allow city officials to sever the contract between the City and Kennedy Restaurant Group LLC and force the restaurant out of the Kennedy Recreation Center, if the restaurant group falls into future defaults.

Wagner said the proposed contract addendum has not been agreed upon by both parties and must be approved by Trenton City Council members.

"We are discussing protections that would preclude further negotiations if there was future default to protect the city," Wagner said.

City officials have also included a new required method of payment in the proposed agreement. In the proposed agreement, the restaurant group would pay rent and utility bills via direct deposit, which would make it easier for the City to receive payments on time and in full.

Wagner said the restaurant group is currently in default and will likely still be in default at the time the proposed agreement is presented to council members.

"Any further default would be almost disastrous to them (under the proposed agreement)," Wagner said.

Before the proposed agreement can be presented to council members, it must first be agreed upon by city officials and the restaurant group. There was no deadline for the agreement as of Monday morning.

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