A local restaurant has made a significant dent in the amount of overdue payments it owes to the city, but still has an outstanding balance of more than $6,000 that must be repaid.
Jordy McTaggart’s Grill & Pub, located in The Commons at 310 Washington St., owes $2,278 in May property taxes and $3,900 in May and June utilities for a total of $6,178 in overdue fees as of Aug. 11, said Heather Pope, city redevelopment director.
That’s down from the $21,974.30 the restaurant owed the city in June, an amount that accounted for past-due rent payments, unpaid utilities fees and property taxes.
Jordy’s rents its restaurant space from the Columbus Redevelopment Commission, which serves as the landlord to the various business tenants in The Commons. The city Parks and Recreation Department is in charge of collecting payments from all businesses in The Commons and depositing those payments in the proper accounts.
Pope said she, the redevelopment commission and the parks department have been aware of the restaurant’s delinquencies for several months and had several conversations with the management before an official default letter was sent to owners Mark and Richard Wilcox in June.
Commission attorney Stan Gamso has been working with Jordy’s management throughout the year to find ways to enable the Irish-style pub to repay its debts, Pope said. Those conversations are still ongoing, but Pope said she was unaware of any payment deadline that had been given to the restaurant.
All other businesses in The Commons, including Orange Leaf, Subway and Puccini’s Pizza, are current on their payments, the redevelopment director said. Additionally, the Jackson Street Parking Garage, which is attached to The Commons and is run through the redevelopment commission by a garage management company, is also current on its rent.