The owners of Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in Orlando, Florida owed more than $1.5 million to its landlord and contractors before shutting down the restaurant Thursday, according to liens filed in Orange County courts.
The country-theme restaurant and entertainment venue closed suddenly last week after being open for just seven months.
The restaurant, owned by Phoenix-based Boomtown Entertainment, owed more than $402,214 in back rent on the property, failed to pay utility bills and had liens filed by five contractors that helped renovate the property, according to documents in various actions against the venue.
Boomtown only paid about half of its contractual costs for the signature sign on the restaurant’s facade to Sanford-based White Sign Co., according to court documents. Boomtown allegedly paid half of the $44,750 cost upfront, then didn’t pay the rest when the work was completed.
The biggest lien is from general contractor Sterling Contracting for $631,922. Champion Heating & AC of Orlando contends it is owed about $75,000 for work the company did at the site.
The restaurant opened in December with a large guitar-shaped bar and a stage to bring in small country acts.
Several of Boomtown-owned Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill restaurants have closed in Michigan, California, Minnesota and Texas after tax liens were filed on the businesses, according to local media reports from those areas.