Before the doors even opened at The Club at NBA City, the new restaurant at the Amway Center is dead on arrival — with taxpayers left to pick up the expensive pieces.Read more here.
Last May, Orlando officials signed a five-year lease with the restaurant's backers to finally fill the vacant space on the ground floor of the city-owned arena and even held a groundbreaking when construction workers began the build-out.
But the restaurant's backers defaulted on their lease with the city and never paid their contractor, leaving the space unfinished.
On Monday, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and city commissioners voted to take the unusual step of using taxpayer money to pay The Club at NBA City's contractor for its work and to finish the construction. The cost: $738,000.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Orlando Loves its Downtown Arena; Restauranteurs - Not So Much
The Orlando Sentinel reports on a series of failed restaurant projects around the heralded Amway Center in Downtown Orlando: