“Until further notice,” Stringz & Wingz is closed, said Owner “Chef” Bill Thompson in an interview Jan. 14.
Thompson said he returned leased audio equipment from the business that afternoon, and shortly after that, police were at the facility with a representative from A & Z Management, the the company that owns Streetsboro Plaza, where the business is located.
Streetsboro Police Lt. Troy Beaver said the locks were changed at the business by the A & Z Management.
Neil Lader, director of leasing for A & Z Management, said Jan. 14 Stringz & Wingz is “out of business.”
Thompson said it’s possible Stringz & Wingz could reopen if he’s able to sell it.
In addition to Steve Mathis and Robert Kale, who both invested when Thompson opened the Streetsboro Plaza location, and Manager Kyle Kendrick, “there are four different potential investors,” said Thompson in an interview Jan. 14.
Owner ‘Chef’ Bill Thompson plans to turn over reins of Streetsboro’s Stringz & Wingz
Stringz & Wingz Owner “Chef” Bill Thompson said he’s giving up ownership of the restaurant and entertainment venue at Streetsboro Plaza, effective Jan. 15.
Taking over as owners are current minority partners Steve Mathis and Robert Kale, as well as General Manager Kyle Kendrick, according to a Jan. 13 news release from Thompson.
Kendrick said he's "just an employee" at the facility and isn't becoming an owner.
"There's nothing that's been turned over to me," he said.
Streetsboro Family Days Founder Chuck Kocisko filed a police report Dec. 30, which alleged Thompson hadn’t yet paid to Streetsboro Family Days about $28,726 from a fundraising concert for Streetsboro Family Days regular Sonny Geraci’s family, according to Streetsboro Police Lt. Darin Powers.
Thompson said bad publicity from the event moved him to part ways with Stringz & Wingz.
“That way, [the new owners] can salvage the business,” he said. “I’ve just been dragged through the mud.”
Geraci has been recovering for about 18 months from an aneurysm, and the funds are to be used to help defray medical costs. Powers said the case has been handed over the Portage County Prosecutor’s office.
Thompson said he plans to pay $23,860 to the Geraci family directly sometime this week via his attorneys, bypassing Streetsboro Family Days in the transaction. Thompson said he had earlier planned on donating about $4,796 in expenses that he no longer plans to donate, which accounts for the lower figure he plans to pay the family.
For more, please see the Jan. 15 issue of The Gateway News.