Streetsboro -- "Until further notice," Stringz & Wingz is closed, Owner "Chef" Bill Thompson told The Gateway News Jan. 14.
Due to recent bad publicity, Thompson said he's trying to sell Stringz & Wingz.
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.
"I've just been dragged through the mud," said Thompson.
Thompson said he returned leased audio equipment from the business the afternoon of Jan. 14, and shortly after that, police were at the facility with a representative from A & Z Management, the company that owns Streetsboro Plaza, where the business is located.
Streetsboro Police Lt. Troy Beaver said A & Z Management changed the locks that afternoon.
Stringz & Wingz is "out of business," said Neil Lader, director of leasing for A & Z Management, Jan. 14.
But Thompson said Stringz & Wingz could reopen if he's able to sell it, and he plans to turn over reins to someone.
"That way, [the new owners] can salvage the business," he said.
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," Thompson said in a Jan. 14 interview.
Geraci has been recovering for about 18 months from an aneurysm, and the funds are to be used to help defray medical costs. Streetsboro Police Lt. Darin Powers said the case has been handed over the Portage County Prosecutor's office.
Thompson said Streetsboro Police advised him to pay $23,860 to Streetsboro Family Days. Thompson has repeatedly said he would donate the money to the organization.
Thompson said he had earlier planned on donating about $4,796 in expenses that he no longer plans to donate.
As of Jan. 20, Kocisko said Thompson hadn't paid Streetsboro Family Days.
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