Bob's Boathouse in Sarasota under fire for not paying county fees, employees

8:47 PM, Dec 13, 2013   |    comments
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Sarasota, Florida -- More problems are plaguing Sarasota's new restaurant, Bob's Boathouse.

Everyone from former employees, to contractors, to the county government claims the restaurant owes them money.

Workers claim after months of training and three weeks of work - their first checks bounced.

Brian Fowler says he's one of many employees who have either quit because of bounced checks or were fired for complaining about not being paid for their work.

"It was a big family -- it was supposed to be. It was all about 'family this, and family that'; 'if you make it here, you're here, I'll give you a hundred bucks out of my pocket, cash," Fowler says.

And the county says the restaurant owes $77,000 in fees.

This isn't the first bout of problems for Bob's Boathouse. Within weeks of opening, the restaurant situated along U.S. 41 prompted noise and light complaints from neighbors.

The restaurant must pay the county by the end of the year, or it will have to close its doors.

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