Rosemont Files Lawsuit to Evict Toby Keith's Bar: Report - NBC Chicago

Rosemont Files Lawsuit to Evict Toby Keith's Bar: Report

The suit reportedly claims the restaurant and bar owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes and rent

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    Rosemont Files Lawsuit to Evict Toby Keith's Bar: Report
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    Boomtown Entertainment licenses the use of Toby Keith's name from him.

    Not everyone is loving Toby Keith’s bar in Rosemont, apparently.

    The Village of Rosemont has filed a lawsuit against Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in attempts to evict the venue from the village’s entertainment district, the Daily Herald reports.

    The suit reportedly claims the restaurant and bar owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes and rent.

    The report claims Boomtown Entertainment, the facility’s operator, owes the Illinois Department of Revenue more than $370,000 in sales taxes and emergency 911 surcharge fees. It also says the restaurant didn’t pay the village rent for June and July.

    The newspaper reports the bar also owed more money for 2014 property taxes, but the company has since provided a receipt showing those have been paid. Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens told the Daily Herald if the property taxes are paid, the court will likely allow the facility to stay in business. 

    Stephens reportedly claimed he’s already begun talking to other potential users for the space, but said “those are just talks at this point.”

    He also told the paper he doesn’t regret pushing for the bar and restaurant to come to the entertainment district, saying they were one of the “hottest concepts in the country” at the time.

    The Rosemont venue first opened in the space in 2012.

    Since its opening, other locations have closed, including some in Cincinnati, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Orlando and Houston.

    Boomtown did not immediately reply to the Daily Herald’s or NBC Chicago's request for comment. A hearing is reportedly scheduled for Thursday.

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