Sign In Front of Mia Margherita Raising Questions
Written by Andrew Havranek
Last updated on September 03, 2014 @ 10:34AM
Created on September 02, 2014 @ 5:19PM
A controversial sign in front of Mia Margherita in Bridgeport has raised a lot of questions, and has even prompted some of you to call the 5 Newsroom asking what it is all about.
Accelerated Construction services is planning to build a nail salon in the plaza where Mia Margherita is located in Charles Point, so they have a construction trailer parked in the parking lot.
While this wouldn't normally be a big deal, the construction company has placed a sign on the side of the trailer, calling out the owners of Mia Margherita, and asking customers to continue to support them, as they allegedly still owe money to the construction company.
The sign on the trailer reads "please continue to support Mia Margherita so Jaime Corton and Scott Duarte can pay money they owe to Accelerated Construction Services."
5 News spoke with the manager of the construction company, and he claims the sign was put there to alert the public to an ongoing battle with the restaurant, where they owe the construction company for building their facility, and claim they have yet to see a dime.
“They owe us $246,000. We sued them in court, but we're getting a big run around so we're just trying to, hopefully they do a lot of business, because they're doing well and the food's great, and they've got a nice location. I just hope they do real well so they can finally pay their bills,” said David Biafora of Accelerated Construction Services.
5 News also spoke with the owner of Mia Margherita today, who says he isn't sure if this sign in front of the restaurant is even legal, but says he wants to resolve this issue soon, and they have been working for quite some time with lawyers to get everything settled.
“We've talked amongst ourselves, with each other, as two business people, two business groups, and that hasn't worked, so we moved on to involving judges, courts, attorneys. There are things happening. So, in all honesty, I thought we were moving in a good direction. Last Thursday, I got a call and that's when we first learned about it that this sign was going up,” said Scott Duarte, Owner of Mia Margherita.
Both parties want to thank the customers who support Mia Margherita, and are optimistic everything will be settled properly.
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