The martini bar owner, who had been awarded $25,000 to expand his existing business, withdrew his application for the federal funds on Jan. 21, 2010, after it was discovered that the company had liens placed against it by the IRS and the state for failing to pay a little more than $8,000 in taxes, said St. Joseph's Community Development Manager Gerald McCush.
"You get no funds from the stimulus if you owe the IRS money, sorry," McCush
So, the martini bar is getting no stimulus.
As for the steakhouse, a city committee awarded $75,000 in Community Development Block Grant recovery money to ECBG LLC
, a private company, to build a Brazilian steakhouse downtown.
"We are trying to revitalize the downtown," McCush
The steakhouse was selected not only because it met the city's priority for revitalizing the downtown, McCush
said, but also because it would result in a number of new jobs.
The steakhouse will anchor a downtown building that includes several other retail spaces.
Construction of the building employed roughly 60 construction workers, McCush
said, and the restaurant is expected to employ 30 people full time.